Pride review first time Carnival cruiser

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#1
Milton On Canada
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Joined Sep 2008
First time with Carnival and Pride and the cruise exceeded expectations. Very friendly staff, ship laid out well, loved the layout of the Mermaid Grill, meals in dining room were fine although not enough variety. Show lounges were always too cold but the entertainment was good for the most part. Public areas very clean, the decor was better than expected, Serenity area was great for relaxing although the chair hogs were out in droves and did not,appear to be monitored at all.
Had inside room 1111 and would book this room again. Perfect location for shows, quiet, absolutely no noise, biggest shower yet with fold down seat. Excellent room stewards.
Only complaint is the horrendous smell of smoke in the casino, outside the casino and the smell drifts everywhere. You have to walk through the casino to get to the show lounge. This is poorly planned. Also on the Lido deck but at least you can walk on the other side to get away from it.
Would definitely sail again with Carnival and on Pride.
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Carnival Pride-Western Caribbean Feb 2015
Scenic Emerald-Paris to Barcelona Sept 2013
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Scenic Emerald Amsterdam to Budapest Sept 2012
Emerald Princess-S. Caribbean Jan 2012
AMA Amalegro Prague to Paris Sept 2011
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Coral Princess Panama Canal FLL to LA Dec 2009
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#2
622 Posts
Joined Jun 2010
I am glad you had a great cruise! The Pride was our first ship and still our favorite! Can't wait to see the upgrades in 33 days!
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#3
Exton PA USA
282 Posts
Joined Mar 2007
I hope you post a review to offset some of the other bad reviews after the upgrades.
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#4
VA and FL
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Joined May 2000
Isn't it already after the upgrades? My cruise is the 22nd, and I thought the ship was already done.
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2 Sensation 04/00
3 Victory 04/01
4 Majesty Of The Seas 06/01
5 Pride 04/02
6 Fascination 07/02
7 Sovereign Of The Seas 04/03
8 Victory 08/03
9 Mariner Of The Seas 04/04
10 Victory 06/04
11 Grandeur Of The Seas 07/05
12 Triumph 08/05
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14 Destiny,with the Island Cruiser's 06/06
15 Inspiration 12/06
16 Elation 02/07
Across U.S. And Back , Land Cruise 03/29-6/11/07
17 Spirit to Hawaii 04/15/07
18 Pride to Mexican Riviera 04/29/07
19 Imagination 01/14/08
20 Mariner Of The Seas 04/08
21 Liberty Of The Seas 10/08
22 Miracle 03/09
23 Imagination 01/18/10
Land Cruise Across the U.S. 05/10
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26 Oasis Of The Seas 11/24/12
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28 Independence Of The Seas 04/20/14
29 Pride 02/22/15
30 Victory 08/22/15
31 Paradise 09/24/15
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#5
GA
3,691 Posts
Joined May 2006
Originally posted by GranysT
Isn't it already after the upgrades? My cruise is the 22nd, and I thought the ship was already done.
You're right. The upgrades are done and are quite nice. Wish she wasn't leaving Tampa.
#6
383 Posts
Joined Aug 2014
The Pride was also our first Carnival Cruise ship. We loved it and have been hooked on cruising ever since Glad you had a great first cruise!
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#8
156 Posts
Joined Jul 2008
We just got off the Pride yesterday and had a great cruise. No complaints, other than I do agree about the casino smoke, it was awful. I would sail her again in a heartbeat.
#9
Milton On Canada
938 Posts
Joined Sep 2008
Not having sailed on Pride before I had read the reviews both pre and post 2.0 upgrades and was not sure what to expect since reviews were mixed. I enjoyed the Red Frog Pub, it had a 'pubby' atmosphere, some good live music and good beer. There was no 'pub grub'. The decor in the Alchemy Bar area outside the main dining room on deck 2 was very modern but comfortable. The Blue Iguana food station and Guy's Burgers, just outside the Mermaid Grill near the pool, were always busy and the food good. Lots of folks there for breakfast burritos as well. Never had a problem finding a seat in the buffet area as long as you are willing to share with someone. There are not too many two tops, rather more of the curved tables seating 5 or 6'people. I enjoyed the way the different food stations were laid out and the food was always good and with good selection for the most part. Liked especially the Deli area for smoked salmon on a bagel for lunch.
We were late embarking due to some unaccounted for passengers on the sailing that arrived back on Feb 1st. We had no special privileges or FTTF, we arrived at 10:30, parked in the garage, proceeded to check in and were onboard by noon. Room was of course not available until after 1. Lovely roast beef lunch in Mermaid. Disembarkation was probably the best organized and efficient process of any of the ships I have sailed on or any of the ports. Being on Deck 1, we were in the last group to disembark but after a leisurely breakfast in the dining room, we waited in the Raphael Lounge on deck 3. Self assist was by deck number followed by the privileged and FTTF then by number. We picked up the luggage and were through customs quickly and in the car by 10:45.
As I said before, would not hesitate to sail on Pride again.
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Carnival Pride-Western Caribbean Feb 2015
Scenic Emerald-Paris to Barcelona Sept 2013
Freedom OTS-E. Caribbean March 2013
Scenic Emerald Amsterdam to Budapest Sept 2012
Emerald Princess-S. Caribbean Jan 2012
AMA Amalegro Prague to Paris Sept 2011
Oceania Insignia Venice -Barcelona -September 2010
Coral Princess Panama Canal FLL to LA Dec 2009
Emerald Princess Baltic Aug 2009
Caribbean Princess S. Caribbean B2B Nov 2008
#10
Maryland
2,423 Posts
Joined May 2007
Enjoyed your review. I have sailed the Pride before but cannot wait to sail her with the 2.0 upgrades. I am doing my first B2B!!!!
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#11
OH
24,594 Posts
Joined Jan 2010
Thanks for posting your thoughts on the Pride.

I will be on the Pride in 50 days and can't wait. This is only my second Carnival cruise (usually cruise with NCL), but had such a great experience on our first Carnival (Dream) cruise that I couldn't wait to get back to them again.
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CARNIVAL:
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BARBADOS:Boatyard
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TORTOLA: Baths