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  1. We had untill 5:30 to return to the ship last Friday on Grand Turk for a 6pm departure. My husband and myself and few others were watching the sunset on the pier in those Serenity deck chairs they set up. We noticed they ushered us out before the 5:30 timeline. Looking back, I realize it's because they were "trying to get ahead of the storm." So we hauled tail north, rocking all Thursday night and Friday. By Friday evening, it's been determined (as if they didn't already know this, as this exact scenario has happened before--Google and YouTube it for yourself) we couldn't get ahead of it, so we bob like a cork off the coast of Florida/Georgia for half a day before it's decided we'll "follow" it. Well, I guess the lost revenue of the next sailing was just too much to bear, so we found ourselves seasick and anxious all day Sunday trying to get around what I think is called Cape Henry into the Chesapeake. So much for "following it." Relief didn't come until around 3am this morning. By then, our 8am arrival time was pushed back to 1pm. We were forced out of our rooms to sit on floors with our luggage (I'm not diamond or platinum, after all, so no lounge or MDR for me). We were still waiting to get off the ship at 3pm. Some were still there at 5pm. I called Carnival. No recourse except future cruise credit which I told them they could stick where the sun don't shine. I hope this gives you some idea of what really happened on the Pride.
  2. Infinity. I just came through a nor'easter or some nonsense on the Pride. NEVER AGAIN.
  3. We just got off this sailing. I'm done with Carnival. And I'll NEVER cruise from any port north of Florida again. It's not an extended vacation, people. And I'm not so in love with Carnival that I'll tow the company line and say it was anything but a cluster all the way around. Believe me, if I could in some way make sure you people making light of what went on on that ship the last three days would have to experience the "extra sea days," I would. You all deserve that for some of these ridiculous comments. Admins--proceed to delete the truth, as I'm sure you will.
  4. That's exactly what I was hoping for. Thank you so much. We'll continue on to escambron.
  5. I'm glad to hear it's walkable from the pier. Can you speak to safety? It seems a little hidden.
  6. To back up alfaeric, it is the small beach down a steep set of stairs behind El capitolio.
  7. I really wish Carnival would add a package like that. We'll be on our first RCI cruise in January (only sailed Carnival up till now), and from my research, that's one area RC is going to beat Carnival for me. Bubbles is great, but a package between Cheers and Bubbles for non-alcoholic drinkers would be awesome!
  8. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2666267-recent-pride-cruisers/?tab=comments#comment-57558050
  9. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2657394-boarding-time-on-pride/?tab=comments#comment-57327604
  10. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2681447-pride-when-to-arrive-at-the-port/?tab=comments#comment-57953691
  11. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2665275-carnival-pride-arrival-time-at-port/?tab=comments#comment-57532346
  12. From my understanding from asking several questions about the Pride and Baltimore exclusively, everything is usually about an hour behind the other ports. I've also read on here that they won't let you park until nearly 3/4 of the previous cruise has left the parking lot and the police make you circle the parking lot until they clear you to park. My husband and I are on the Pride in November. You might want to limit your search on here to posts about the Pride. I'd just hate for you to have stress related to the port situation and getting there too early. I'd also hate for you not to get full advantage of your FTTF. I'll try to find some previous threads relating to this for you if I can.
  13. My husband and I rented a car on our own in St. Thomas and drove to Magens Bay. That was in 2010, and the rental office was just outside the port area. Very easy process. But be sure to book the car in the name of the person who will be most comfortable driving in very mountainous terrain and on the left side of the road. Found that out the hard way! Going to Barbados in November. Planning to either walk or get a taxi on our own to and from either Brandon's beach or one of the beach clubs on Carlisle Bay. Theivery is a problem according to the state department website, but we're willing to chance it. Planning to either walk or ride the water taxi to Holland House on great Bay beach in St. Maarten. We've booked an excursion through the cruise line in St. Kitts. I did this because I've read there's a lot of people trying to get you to hold monkeys and then make you pay them for the privilege. I think it will be an issue on the excursion, but figure I at least have some recourse if I'm bothered to the point of not being able to enjoy myself. We're also considering walking to Palm Court Gardens on our own after the excursion. I'll add that, up until this cruise, we've rarely gone off on our own. From now on, that's what we plan to do. I think research is the key for being comfortable with striking out on your own. You'll enjoy whatever you decide!
  14. Playa Pena--Walkability from pier? Safety? Info and opinions appreciated. TYIA
  15. I can't say with any certainty because I don't cruise until November (and we are doing Chef's Table), but I have read that the menu changes yearly. So if what I have read on here is correct, the menu should be different than 2017. I hope that helps a little!
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