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Radio November 7th, 2009 08:11 PM

"LIVE" from Carnival Pride / Nov. 8, 2009
Hello everyone. . . Tomorrow I will be sailing the Beautiful Carnival Pride for a 7 night Cruise to the Bahamas, and Florida.

The Carnival Pride was built in 2001 at the Kvarrner Masa-Yards, in Finland.(The same shipyard that built RCI Voyager Class, and several RCI Vision class ships)
She was the second of 4 Spirit Class Ships. I sailed on Carnival Miracle in September '08, and loved the ship.

I made a "LIVE" report from that sailing that can be viewed HERE, and also made a short video that can be viewed HERE.

Our ports will feature Port Canaveral, Nassau, BHS, and Freeport, BHS.
I have been to each of these ports twice during 2009. Once on Norwegian Majesty, in Jan 2009, and once on Norwegian GEM in March 2009.

I am very excited about sailing on Carnival Pride. . . I really enjoyed myself last year when I sailed on her sister ship from New York.

Mrs. Radio will also be sailing, as well as several family members. They are also excited to be on a ship for 8 days. . . with no cooking or cleaning !

I toured the Pride earlier in the year while she was in port, and I can tell you tha Baltimore is very happy to be the home of Carnival Pride for a few years. Cruise Maryland at the Port of Baltimore is a great place to sail from.

Those of you who have followed my "LIVE" reports with RCI, and HAL, and NCL already know that I will provide daily comments and trip
reports from this cruise.

My first "LIVE" report on Carnival was in August 2008 on Carival Victory. (Cruise To Canada)

I will also try to post many "LIVE" pics daily (as long as I am able to maintain a valid wireless connection)

I should be getting to Cruise Maryland by around 1230PM. Sail Away is scheduled for 530PM.
The forecast for tomorrow sounds good (Sunny and 67f), and I will post once I get set up in my Cabin !

So sit back, and relax. . .this should be a fun cruise ! I hope that my internet connection stays active. ;)

Thanks for tuning in !


Carnival Pride approaching Cruise Maryland with the Pride of Baltimore in April 2009

Image Courtesy of Maryland Port Administration


msmayor November 7th, 2009 08:28 PM

Been eagerly awaiting this trip report Radio...your posts are always bursting with great information, and with my family sailing on Pride next year I'll get to see what to look forward to!

Enjoy your voyage!

MrsKnuts2 November 7th, 2009 08:56 PM

Radio & Mrs. Radio - thank you in advance for taking so much time out of your vacation to write these "Live" reports so that we may feel like we've been on vacation with you. :D

LINANRIC November 7th, 2009 09:01 PM

AHHHHHHHHHHHHH Radio.. ANOTHER live one.. I love to follow you while you are cruising.. We were on the Pride in Sept and LOVED HER.. Plus we live in PA and it was so easy to get to the Port of Baltimore.. Enjoy your trip and I will be following along.. HAVE a GREAT cruise..

alishashubby November 8th, 2009 07:36 AM

We will also be on the PRIDE today and very much looking forward to it! Our kids have never been on a cruise (ages13,6,and 5) and they have no idea about how much fun they are about to have. Looking forward to your posts!

weary traveler November 8th, 2009 08:30 AM

reporting on board
a great day to sail Radio... reporting aboard (salutes) and wishing you and those reading a great cruise.. my best to Mrs Radio and look forward to the daily reports. Enjoy the day and the sailout.

your old pal

ExploreroftheSeas92 November 8th, 2009 09:31 AM

Have a good trip Radio! I will be looking forward to everything you share with us throughout the week.

jensambo November 8th, 2009 09:50 AM

I am looking forward to your "live" reports. I will be on the Pride in two weeks.

Radio November 8th, 2009 10:31 AM

I just have a few "last minute" electronics to pack, and in about 3 hours I will be at Cruise Maryland to board the Pride ! !

I only live about 20 minutes North of the Port ;)


Cruise Maryland at the Port of Baltimore


Lgarth November 8th, 2009 12:00 PM

Radio.....Thanks in advance for what we are about to experience!!:)
Your reports are great and pictures beautiful !!
I'm subscribed....:DLet's GOOOOO !!
Have a wonderful trip !

crusinpsychRN November 8th, 2009 02:30 PM

I'm so excited! I love your reviews! Bon Voyage.

falkcor November 8th, 2009 02:32 PM

by about now...

welcome aboard, mr and mrs radio... ;)

looking forward to this one... :D

madelinerose November 8th, 2009 02:34 PM

Looking forward to it, Radio! Have a great time! ;)

Cruisingmhtools November 8th, 2009 02:52 PM

Thanks Radio!
What a beautiful day to sail out of Baltimore. The weather is AWESOME!
Have a great trip!

rcoaster809 November 8th, 2009 02:59 PM

This is great! You did the Victory shortly after I sailed her. Then you did live from the Miracle a 2 months after I sailed her. Now, you are sailing Pride 3 months after I sailed her. Your report have always been great ways to relive my vacations! If your waitress is Martina from Slovakia, tell her Nathan and family says hi! She was a part of the best team we've ever had.

jbhcw November 8th, 2009 03:35 PM

Wonderful....always love your "Live" reports...they are just the best...

Also love the Spirit class and have thought about doing the Pride again out of would be I guess a 3-4 hour ride for us maybe? We are in the middle of NC--right off of I-85...

Any info on traffic, parking and the port would be appreciated:)

Bon Voyage Radio and Family:):)

iggy's mom November 8th, 2009 04:05 PM

Can't wait to read your review. Have a wonderful cruise!

rxlowry November 8th, 2009 04:25 PM

I have been looking forward to this report of yours! We were big fans of the NCL Majesty and LOVED sailing from Baltimore. I am curious how it compares to NCL as we are thinking of trying the Pride since she is in Baltimore. Have a wonderful trip!!!

Radio November 8th, 2009 06:54 PM

Hello everyone! Sorry it took so long for the first post. . .(I had a few connection problems)

We arrived at Cruise Maryland at about 12:15. The port was not busy at all. We dropped off our luggage with no line and no wait.

We went into the terminal, and there was no line while entering the Security checkpoint. We walked right up to a very friendly check in agent.

It was about 12:30 now, and we were given Boarding (Zone) Pass #13. . . Uh oh ? Is this bad luck, NUMBER 13 ? ? No worries. . . They started calling zones at about 1PM, and we were called at 1:20 to board the beautiful Carnival Pride.

The check in agent told us that the ship has been arriving in port at about 9AM, and leaving by 430PM. She seemed concerned that no one informed us of the early departure time. (530PM was listed in our documents).

I loved the new Muster drill. We met down on Deck 3 at 4PM with NO Life Jackets ! The crew instructed all of the passengers how to wear the preservers, and where the lifeboats would be in case of emergency.

We left the pier at about 440PM, and have just sailed under the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695). We should be at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge by 730PM.

Wow. . Its 530 already, and Dinner is at 6PM. I am going to cut this post short, and I will try to post again later with some more pics. . .

Thanks for tuning in. . .


Our first glimpse of Carnival Pride

Inside Cruise Maryland waiting to board

We made it on board !

There will be a permanent Gangway at Cruise Maryland in 2010 to replace this one.

Our cabin on Deck 8

A view from our cabin


vavasmom November 8th, 2009 07:50 PM

Radio - I am think about booking the Pride for June 2010 for my daughter's 8th grade graduation present so I am looking forward to your live reports this week. We loved sailing from Baltimore in July (and are already booked to sail again next July). The port was well run and everyone was very efficient and friendly (from the lugage porters to the ICE agents). The elimination of the airfare and the hassles of air line baggage also makes it very attractive.

I have never sailed Carnival and was wondering - do you know what category your room is considered? When looking on the Carnival Web site last night I found all of their different balcony categories confusing.


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