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4.8

I always have a great time! The only downer was the weather. Going out of Baltimore in Dec, first 3 days were cold and rainy and the waters were choppy. I wish there were more activities available for indoors on those predictable cold days. by madahooha28

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Carnival Pride

Well I wont sail out of the north in winter again. Other than that the cruise was great!

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3.6

Carnival Pride with family by MCnKai

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Carnival Pride

This cruise included family members. My wife and I had a weird experince that forced us to change room during the trip. Since this cruise was the first for my family members, I chose Carnival Pride to be the entry level for them and if they liked it go on fancier cruise ships. They enjoyed it very much and became their baseline for the future. I love Halfmoon Cay and Grand Turk was nice. Sadly Freeport was not an option as a result of the hurricane damage. Hopefullu next time.

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5.0

Very Good First Cruise by ShenValley

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

This was my wife and son's first cruise, so the stakes were very high for Carnival--and for me:) Overall it exceeded mine and family's expectations. We are already booking our next cruise on the Pride.

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4.1

Awesome by Owens2017

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

This was the best cruise ever. We were celebration our 50th anniversary. Every one on the ship were excellent , the performer were very talented. Overall this my best vacation.

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Disappointed and Let Down by dscrawford2000

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

I am so happy to share that the cruises my sister Sherit and I have taken over the years with Carnival Cruise Lines have been enjoyable and memorable. From our cabin stewards to our servers at dinner and the Guest Services staff, all have rendered stellar service. We’ve enjoyed the shops, restaurants, and a plethora of entertainment options aboard the ship. Truly the customer service has been some of the best I’ve experienced.

On December 04-11, 2016 my sister and I embarked on a 7 day cruise with Carnival aboard the Pride, sailing from Baltimore, MD to Port Canaveral, FL, Nassau and Freeport Bahamas. We paid for unobstructed balcony accommodations (Rooms 8188 and 8190) to really enjoy and take full advantage of our cruise. However, our overhang/balcony ceilings were decayed, falling, and ladened with rust stains. Our understanding was that the Pride had been refurbished. We reported the damaged balconies to Guest Services, and repair men did attempt to fix the problem. They were not successful, as the damage was too great to correct while we were at sea.

While we appreciate the gesture of a $410.00 credit issued to us, it is only about 25% of our cruise cost. We were informed by Guest Services that we could accept this credit, or reject it and continue the exchange with corporate after the cruise. Flying blindly into this experience thus far, we decided to accept the $410.00 credit, not knowing how corporate would address this problem.

We feel very strongly that our balconies being in disrepair throughout the entire cruise made for an unpleasant experience. My sister and I planned this trip a year in advance. We purposefully chose side by side balcony suites to be in close proximity to each other and to enjoy our views of the ocean, the balmy climate and the beautiful sunrises and sunsets. We intently set out to take full advantage of all that our unobstructed balcony cabins were supposed to afford us. However, with every sunrise, sunset, and repose out on the balcony, our eyes first took in the view of corroded, weather-beaten, collapsing ceilings, and poorly painted, eroded overhangs. It was the precursor to every view; even while we lie in our beds looking out onto the ocean, the “unobstructed view” was anything but.

When we began planning our vacation, we were taken in by the on-line accommodation renderings on the Carnival website. At no point did Carnival’s advertisements and illustrations of the ship show rust, caked on paint, or the rotting, decomposed overhangs of the balconies.

We paid for the beautiful unobstructed balcony cabin that was advertised; however, Carnival Cruise Lines did not deliver that to us. And, if only 25% of our vacation had been affected by this, then $410.00 would suffice and be appropriate. Of course this was not the case.  

 

I do not write this letter to be harsh, callous, or scathingly snide; rather, to lucidly and effectively communicate how my sister and I were impacted by Carnival’s blaring failure to provide the dream vacation it promoted, and for which, indeed, we paid.

Pictures are below.

 

I welcome and await your response.

Very truly yours,

Diane  

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Awesome time on a good ship with a great crew! by blvaughan1

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

So much to do on board. OMG Guys Burger Joint and The Blue Iguana have excellent food. Thats in addition to all the other great food. The new bars are great too, with The Alchemy Bar being the best ever bar. They make the best drinks. 3rd time on The Pride and it WONT be the last.Big Smile

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4.8

A very happy honeymoon by biglet724

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

Had a wonderful honeymoon on the Pride! All of the staff was awesome and totally accommodating! Our room steward Kadek was delightful and made our stay even more enjoyable! He was there whenever we needed him and even remembered our names immediately!

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Nice trip, WONDERFUL staff! by KarenL66

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

It was a wonderful, relaxing vacation and I never wanted to leave.

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4.7

First Cruise on the Carnival Pride by mmartinpeterpan

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

This was our third cruise and our first on the Carnival Pride. Would do it again in a heartbeat!

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4.4

GREAT CRUISE by jack1969

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

Enjoyed it, spring break cruise, college kids were great.

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4.2

Very nice trip by globird44

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

Very relaxing. We enjoyed the no stress. Our second cruise. First with carnival. Enjoyed it so much we booked another my husband enjoyed the hamburgers. I on the other hand only ate them once

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3.0

Carnival Pride -not worth the money paid by ch4avon

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

The Carnival Pride is a smaller ship with about 2000 passengers. This was our 7th cruise and our 2nd Carnival cruise. Unfortunately we have been spoiled by the higher quality of Royal Carribean and Celebrity cruise lines and our expectations were too high for the Pride. The first thing I noticed was the lack of antibacterial hand cleaning entering any of the dining areas.It was available on a wall but was definitely not enforced by any staff. The other cruise lines you cannot avoid them even if you tried. 2. Cleanliness of the hand rails and elevator buttons was never seen. 3. As for the food, it was OK. I was shocked that on elegant night the tshirts, jeans and baseball caps on people dining in the Normandy dining room. We were the rare people who dressed in a suit and formal dress. And that  we were expected to pay extra for surf and turf or just a lobster $20 each was shocking! The other cruise lines include these at no charge and unlimited portions can be ordered. What a disappointment.

4. That and the fact that your drink package did not include the daily specialty drink in the complementary monkey head, etc or Half Moon Cay. 

5. As for  the room, it was small and even smaller balcony which was suppose to be cleaned 9-noon one day then changed to the next and pretty sure never was cleaned. We had to be out of the room though! 

6. The holding of chairs with towels,etc was abundant all week. not enough seats or trash cans on the deck.

7. Kids unattending all night at the pool especially during movie night. Loud and running all over and some even falling. Very dangerous!

8. Our safe broke and was never attended to the rest of the week. 

 

9. David steakhouse amazing service and fabulous food. Finely got my lobster and filet there which was amazing.

 

10. Disembarkment was soooooslow

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4.0

Grand Turk-Half Moon Cay-Freeport trip by Drago65

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

This was our first cruise out of Baltimore, which for us living in the northeast was perfect since we could skip the hassle and cost of air travel into the port. Fourth cruise total, second with Carnival. Overall my wife and I had a great time and met some terrific people along the way. Embarkation and debarkation in Baltimore was easiest we have experienced. We actually got off the ship almost an hour ahead of time. Enjoyed the two days at sea on way down to Grand Turk, nice, relaxing way to start the week.

The Grand Turk stop was very nice. Easy off the ship as they have a deep water port. We opted to skip an excursion and just enjoy the local beach, shops and the Margaritaville restaurant, bar and swim area which is very nice if not a bit pricey for drinks and food. The beach is a bit rocky entering the water but was fine for the most part. Shops were fine, good deals to be had if you shop around enough. We were the only cruise ship in port at the time so it wasn't very crowded at all.

Half Moon Cay, which is Carnival's private island, was the best stop of the three. Beautiful beach that stretches for at least a half mile. Word to the wise...get your debarkation ticket as early as possible in the morning. There is no deep water port at Half Moon Cay, you board a tender to the island from offshore. Depending on weather and conditions of the sea, this process can be time consuming and uncomfortable. If you get a later debarkation number you might not even get off the boat until after 1:00 and the last tender back to the boat is at 4:00. Get off the ship early so you can enjoy the stay. There are plenty of lounge chairs on the beach. If you want a little more privacy, just walk further up the beach. I found that there were plenty of loungers as you walked up the beach and if you want almost complete privacy as adults, there is plenty of space available for that. There are some local vendors, Carnival owned store and a few bars. You can use your Sign and Sail card everywhere except with the local vendors. The Captain Morgan bar is a popular spot but their rum drinks will set you back over $9.00 a pop. Lunch is provided, Carnival has a BBQ area where they will serve you a buffet style meal, nice wide selection and plenty of picnic tables. All in all I wish we had more time on this stop and knew to get off earlier than the noon hour that we did.

Freeport was nothing short of a disappointment and not just because it rained hard part of the time there. First, it's a very short stop...arrive around 9:00, back on the ship at 1:00. The port itself is in a commercial area...oil tankers, container ships etc...there is no where to go except for a make shift market area full of cheap local souvenirs. If you want off the ship, book an excursion. We booked a beach excursion, the most basic offered...no drinks or food included. The beach was less than impressive, made worse with the rain that moved in. Just as an FYI...the beach excursions that offer the all inclusive drinks and/or buffet all come to the same place. Personally I didn't feel the need to pay extra for drinks and food when the stop is so short. Buses start leaving at 12:15 since the ship has an all aboard at 1:00 PM. Plenty of time to drink and get lunch back on the ship. There are some local vendors set up there but nothing spectacular offered, standard cheap T-shirts, bags, trinkets, etc.... Basically we were happy to get back on the ship.

Entertainment on the ship was terrific. The singing and dancing group was very good and overall put on some very entertaining shows. We enjoyed the Punchline Comedy Club most of all. Of the four comedians we had on the ship, three of them were terrific and quite honestly the two that joined the ship in Freeport were excellent. Check out the karaoke night if you want some good entertainment...we saw some very talented people get up and belt out some tunes in front of a live band. It was not an amateur hour by any means.

Food was very good, excellent sometimes at dinner. The main buffet is overall good with a broad selection at breakfast and lunch. Guy Farini's burger bar and the taco/burrito bar are nice additions. For those who have not cruised before, just be prepared for crowded conditions during the breakfast and lunch rush hours.

Best bar...the Red Frog Pub. they have some bar games set up and usually had the best crowds, entertainment and staff that we encountered.

One last suggestion. If you have interest in Serenity, the adult only area on the Lido Deck...get there early to claim a spot. There are plenty of other adults thinking the same thing and it is often impossible to find a couple lounge chairs to claim your own unless you are an early riser.

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4.0

Our first cruise - a memorable and worthwile experience. by ZRRIFLE

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

This was our first cruise (family of four), and enjoyed just about everything about it. Being 90 minutes from the Baltimore port, it was an easy and non-stressful drive. That was one of the main factors of picking this particular cruise - the locality of the port. I originally chose an extended balcony room on the 7th deck, but upgraded later through a 'special discounted offer'  to an ocean suite on deck 6 since I wanted lots of room for 2 adults and 2 teens. The room itself was great - lots of closet space and loved the balcony. However I think I know why the upgrade was discounted - the view below the balcony is partially restricted by a row of lifeboats a deck below, somewhat blocking the view of the ocean waves directly below the balcony. You only really notice it when standing up at the rail, however. Not a big deal - but something to be aware of when choosing a room, despite doing some research beforehand. After looking at photos of the extended balcony rooms, I think they would have been sufficient for the four of us, but overall we really liked the suite. Apparently the Pride had undergone a recent renovation and looks really good inside - like new. The top decks where the pools are have a new drop down water tube/slide which was really fun, in addition to the mellower yellow slide for those who don't want to be dropped suddenly at a vertical angle. The mini golf course was actually a lot of fun - the slightly rocking boat and wind at sea made it somewhat of a challenge. 

Our steward and the housekeeping staff were all very polite, and did a great job cleaning the room twice a day - I left them a good tip at the end of the week even though we prepaid our gratuities. The food for the most part was very good - whether you dined in the restaurant (Normandie) or the buffet-style restaurants on the Lido deck. I did notice that a lot of the choices they serve for dinner at the Normandie are also available at the Lido buffets, except you serve yourself. But the service and entertainment you get at the dine-in restaurant are worth it, as the servers are part of the musical entertainment at times and all have a good, upbeat attitude. On a couple of evenings at dinner we enjoyed a singer crooning out Sinatra and Dean Martin songs - as far as I'm concerned that was the best entertainment on the ship! It's nice because that's all included in the price of the cruise. The only restaurant we ate at that was extra $$ was the Bonsai sushi place, and that was very good and worth the price. Breakfast was always great - with custom made omelets ate every morning. All in all, the food on the ship was up to par and anything negative was so minor it's not really worth mentioning. 

For first-time cruisers - you will get bombarded with photographers, whether you're dining, walking on the ship, or embarking/disembarking the ship. Doesn't cost anything to get them taken, only if you decide to purchase them later. We actually bought quite an extensive package, and are quite happy with the photos. Hey, it's our first cruise. :)

The stops were for the most part were quite enjoyable. The excursions themselves are not cheap (especially if you book through Carnival), but I'm glad we did them. Our first stop, Port Canaveral, FL, was pretty fun. We did the air boat ride through alligator swamp lands. Didn't see much gator action but did see a lot of cows and oxen grazing in the swamps. I'll say this: I felt bad for those who did the Disney World and Universal excursions, which were more than double than what we paid for the air boat ride. They came back drenched after a bad rain storm hit the area, also making their time at those parks even shorter I'm guessing, in addition to the hour-long shuttle rides to/from Orlando. From the reviews I've read of those particular excursions, most seem pretty vocal in stating there's not enough time to do much, especially for the cost, so I don't regret not choosing those.

The next day we were at Nassau and went to the Atlantis resort. I actually had a lot more fun than expected. The water park is quite large with enough to do there for the day, including a hidden beach at one end of the park that we sort of found by accident. No, not the man-made beach in the middle but a real one that was beautiful.

The next day in Freeport we did a jeep excursion which was a lot of fun, and you have to remember to drive on the left side of the road. The sightseeing and stops we did in the jeep convoy were very scenic and worthwhile. The weather was very cooperative for all our excursions, so I am grateful for that. I had read some bad stories about the cruise the week before ours, that the weather was so rough at one of their stops (Half Moon Cay, Bahamas), that they couldn't even get off the ship. In other words, a wasted day. Also that particular cruise is quite a bit more expensive. 

About the only 'negative' I can say about the ship is the entertainment was somewhat lacking - they do have "dive-in" movies in the evening by the pool and some comedy acts and bingo in the evenings, and some singers at the bars, but that's about it. My kids were busy with the teen club/activities, so that's a definitely a plus.

All in all, for our first cruise - it was a great family time that we'll always remember and was worth every minute. The week went by so fast and it was kind of sad to get off the ship. But I guess that's how cruises should be, right?

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First time cruise experience by Webb

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Ship: Carnival Pride / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

My entire family had a wonderful time on our cruise. As first time cruisers we did not know what to expect and were happily surprised by the friendly personalities of all the crew, the cleanliness of the ship and the quality of food served during our evening dinner. We truly relaxed the entire time enjoying our family vacation and returned home feeling refreshed looking forward to our next cruise.

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4.8

It was wonderful and relaxing. by MissKamilah

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

Cruise was wonderful...kids had an amazing time...booked summer cruise while onboard

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Wonderful Holiday Cruise by maxwellt

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

Overall it was a wonderful holiday family vacation! Everyone in our family on this cruise was 21+, so it was definitely an enjoyable vacation, and everyone had an great time!

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Awesome trip! by teianas

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Ship: Carnival Pride / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

Cruise was great. You can spend a lot of money. Deposit some cash on your boat account just in case it won't come from your bank account. Also if you have the money to make a deposit with cruiseonly pay it. If not you have to pay an extra $500 which sucked! I didn't know. I would check carnival and see what specials they have. You don't have to pay your tips before you get on the boat.

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3.9

Great time by KRoc

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

It was enjoyable and worth the money. Wifi and phone access is extremely limited. The wifi / internet package was very limited even if you buy the premium package so it forces you to relax.

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4.9

Awesome!!! by alebrach

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

This cruise was with a group of 15 people we all had a blast I am definitely going to book another one soon!!! Made awesome friends and memories

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