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"LIVE" from Carnival Pride / Nov. 8, 2009

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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 !

 

 

Radio

:rolleyes::rolleyes:

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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Image Courtesy of Maryland Port Administration

 

 

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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!

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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

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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..

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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!

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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

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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 ;)

 

Radio

:rolleyes::rolleyes:

 

 

 

 

Cruise Maryland at the Port of Baltimore

 

 

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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 !

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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.

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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 Baltimore...it 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:):)

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Radio,

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!!!

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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. . .

 

 

 

Radio

 

 

 

 

Our first glimpse of Carnival Pride

 

 

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Inside Cruise Maryland waiting to board

 

 

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We made it on board !

 

 

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

 

 

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Our cabin on Deck 8

 

 

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A view from our cabin

 

 

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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.

 

Thanks

Barbara

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Hello everyone. . . We had a great dinner in the Normandie Dining Room. I couldn’t wait for dessert though. . .I had to have some of the Warmed Chocolate Melting Cake. I can’t seem to get enough of that. (and some great coffee)

 

We went up to the Taj Mahal Lounge to catch some of Game Show Mania. There wasn’t many people in there, but Bingo was starting soon. . .and it was about to be packed.

 

It seems that the Celebrity Mercury will be passing us soon while coming up the Bay. She is sailing on a 17Nt cruise from San Diego, and will be Home Porting from Baltimore for a few months. We are scheduled to pass Mercury at about 1130PM. I hope I can stay up !

 

Tomorrow should be a big day, and I am sure I will be up early. There are always lots of activities during the sea days. The forecast is calling for another sunny day !

 

Here are a few pics from our departure from Baltimore. More Pics tomorrow, though. (connection permitting)

 

Thanks for tuning in. . .

 

 

 

 

Radio

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a beautiful sunny day today (71f)

 

 

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Just before we left the port. . .

 

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We see the Baltimore City skyline, just north of Cruise Maryland

 

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We pulling away slowly. . .

 

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Just passing under the Key Bridge

 

 

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Our first day comes to an end. . . We have a whole week ahead of us !!

 

 

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That's a great picture! It would make a great wallpaper, plenty of dark area at the bottom for your desktop icons!

 

Theron

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That's a great picture! It would make a great wallpaper, plenty of dark area at the bottom for your desktop icons!

 

Theron

 

Its funny how disgusting that area is but how nice it looks when the sun is setting on it. I'm pretty sure the hill behind the bridge used to be a landfill.

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Hopefully you got to see the Mercury coming alongside and had a great nites sleep... looks like a beautiful day aboard for your perusing about.. Thanks for pics so far.. wow that Baltimore terminal looks like a very well laid out area.. was that long term parking i saw? well hope youre up getting your fruit and bacon lol (my favorite part of the cruise BREAKFAST! look forward to seeing more from you later enjoy the ship!

 

your old pal

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Good morning everyone ! Welcome to our first “Fun Day at Sea”. I woke up very early this morning (5AM). . . . I know, I know, I’m on vacation and should sleep in. My body seems to have a system that requires me to get up early.

 

 

I was able to catch a glimpse of Celebrity Mercury last night. Right at about 11:15PM, I was able to see her as she was sailing just South of the MD-VA state line, and Tangier Island. It was very dark, but I was still able to get a few photos of her.(a little blurry, though)

 

You are often able to see ships while at sea, but they are usually 5 miles or more away. The shipping channel in the Chesapeake Bay is very narrow, so I was able to see her from about 200 yards. I should be sailing with Mercury in 2010. (Hopefully)

 

I have read many reviews recently about the first night dinner was scheduled to be Open Seating. It has been reported that there has been a lot of confusion, and waiting to be served during the first night. This was not the case for our sailing. We had our assigned table in the Captains Club section of the Normandie Dining Room. Our attendants were very prompt, and the food selections were very good. We had a table by the window, and I will be looking forward to going there tonight for the first “Cruise Elegant” night.

 

The Casino Opens today at 8AM, and the Shops all open at 10AM. I am sure I may spend a few minutes in both of those location. . .

 

The water here is very calm. We are about 20nm east of Virginia Beach, and about 580nm from Port Canaveral.

 

Here are a few pics from last night and early this morning. . . More pics later today.

 

 

 

Radio

 

 

 

 

Game Show Mania in the Taj Mahal Lounge (FWD)

 

 

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Last night up on Deck 10

 

 

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Celebrity Mercury in the Chesapeake Bay

 

 

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The sun is starting to come up. . .

 

 

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The forecast for today is Sunny, and 72F.

 

 

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We are sailing through smooth seas, on our way to Port Canaveral

 

 

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Oh, Radio, I can see already that this is going to be a wonderful week with you on the Pride!! Me thinks me may be losing some sleep keeping up with both you and Mark. While I am enjoying his, I can see that yours will have a different "feel" to it. I am loving the pics of the ship itself! Thanks in advance!!

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Radio,

 

We just came off the Pride and had a wonderful time.

 

I met you once on Explorer of the Seas (Nov 2006) Didn't know you were going on the Pride right after us!

 

Say hello to "Kristian" the tall waiter in anytime dining (2nd level - left side middle) ---- Tell him my wife would like some more fried oysters!!!

 

 

Oliver

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Thanks for taking the time and effort to post the live review and pictures for all of us. The pictures have been great with many more great ones to come I'm sure. I'm assuming that your cabin is somewhere in the 8180's range/area? I'm only asking for what the comparisons of scenery will be for our cabin in a few short weeks. Have a great trip.

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THANK YOU SO MUCH for this review...I loved loved loved your Majesty reviews and have a feeling I will love this one even more since we'll be on the Pride this June :)

 

We're also very excited about sailing from Baltimore. We've always sailed from the south and have never even been to Baltimore before, so the whole trip should be a lot of fun. Can't wait to see more!

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Hello everyone. . . The sailing so far has been very smooth. I have read many reviews that were written by passengers over the last several months. It seems that there has been a lot of rough seas during this Baltimore to Port Canaveral leg of the cruise. That has not been the case so far. Yes, you can tell that we are out in the ocean, but there has no been the swells, and rolls that I would have suspected.

 

Our weather today was sunny, and warm (83f), and we should be arriving in Port Canaveral by 7AM on Wednesday.

 

I went down to the Ports of Call talk today. There was a lot of explanations about the different excursions all week. The Cruise staff gave away one excursion for each of our 3 ports this week.

 

We had lunch today in the Dining Room, and it turned out to be extremely good. Several of us had California Roll Sushi, and I loved it ! (I should have ordered another. . . We stopped into the Raphael Lounge (Deck 3) for some trivia, and we discussed that we should take a quick nap if we wanted to stay up for the shows tonight (LOL). . . .

 

There is the Wonderful World Show tonight, in the Taj Mahal Showroom, and Adult Comedy later at 11:45PM.

 

The Captains Celebration is tonight, along with the Senior Officers introductions down in the Atrium before Formal night dinner at 6PM.

 

We are currently 470nm from Port Canaveral, and are sailing South at about 15nm/hr.

 

 

 

Thanks for tuning in. . .

 

 

Radio

 

 

 

I spent a lot of time outside this morning, just enjoying the sunny skies

 

 

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We will be enjoying Dinner tomorrow night in David’s Steak House (under the see-through funnel)

 

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The seas were wonderful today !

 

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We are looking aft over the Poseidon Pool

 

 

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I have to try that big Twister Slide !

 

 

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There are already Christmas decorations up throughout the ship. This is the Renaissance Atrium.

 

 

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Here are a few more pics from today. . . .

 

 

 

Radio

:rolleyes::rolleyes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Normandie Dining Room

 

 

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Ports of Call talk in the Taj Mahal Lounge

 

 

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There were a lot of passengers in there. . .

 

 

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Blue skies, and Blue seas. . . .

 

 

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Thanks for letting me day dream. ;) The pictures are a nice added touch.:D

 

...I sure wish I could day dream about the food. Pictures please. :p

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Hi Radio,

Thank you so much for the "Live From". I have followed your other live froms and they are a great source for info and I esp LOVE your pictures.

 

I am trying to plan a cruise for Jan out of Baltimore and I am torn between The Mercury and Carnival Pride. :confused: I am hoping your post will help my decision. So thank you again, and have a great cruise.:)

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I too am enjoying your thread-we go out on the Pride on January 24th. Will be Hubby and our two kids who are 4 1/2 and 2 1/2, and myself. We so need a vacation-

Great pictures Radio!! Keep em' coming.

Debbie

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Good Tuesday morning Radio! another day at sea doesnt get much better than that.. hope you arent feeling any effects from TS Ida as you sail. What a beautiful horizon picture earlier, be proud, that's a keeper!

I'll make my usual request for the casino pics and some staff pics, have a terrific day at sea today and will look for your report!

 

your old pal

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