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Review of Pride 2/13/05 - A Great Week!

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Here is our review of the Carnival Pride for the cruise starting February 13, 2005. Some background information, I am 38, my husband is 41, our son is 15. This was our ninth cruise, but first cruise on Carnival, and first cruise where we had an inside cabin.


Things we liked

 The itinerary

 The price

 The food

 Our cabin

 Our cabin steward and his assistant

 The Mermaid Grille – especially the deli

 The layout of the ship – the ship flows very well – it never seemed crowded (except when people lined up for dinner!)

 The wait staff at every meal – very polite and prompt.

 The bands

 The lounges

 The comedy show on the last night

 Cruise Directors Staff

 Hot stone massage – yes it was expensive, but it was a good massage. The therapist made no effort to sell me anything else and was knowledgeable and did a good job.

 There was live ballroom type dancing every night somewhere on the ship – we don’t dance ourselves, but liked watching it and thought it was a nice touch that you don’t see very much anymore.

 David’s Supper Club – the food was good, the service great and fortunately the large anatomically correct statue of David has its back to the dining room!



Things we didn’t like

 Assigned seating at dinner – we had the tablemates from you know where!

 Chair hogs around the Venus pool! Keep walking and you will reach the Apollo Pool – it seemed like everyone went to the Venus pool and didn’t realize there was another pool. The Apollo Pool was consistently less crowded.

 The lack of activities that were not bingo or other gambling. There was some trivia, but it was sparsely attended. There also seemed in the evening like there was very little to do except for the one show. Especially between 6-8 p.m.

 The staff at the pursers desk was somewhat abrupt – I had questions about airport transfers on Sunday, Feb 20 and the clerk acted like I was bothering her.

 The staff in the gift shop. The male clerk who works in the liquor store area is very rude and condescending. It really stood out because he was rude to me twice and it was a very unusual experience for me – everyone else was SO nice. The first time I asked him if they carried dark rum and the second time (a different day) I asked to buy one of the liquor transport boxes. He very abruptly told me that they were not for sale and turned away from me. A box is a small thing to give or sell a customer. Especially after I had bought a lot in the gift store and was trying to figure out how to get it home. It struck a bad note with me and unfortunately, that and the pursers desk experience happened on Saturday and gave a bad last impression.

 Embarkation – it was not great waiting outside. However, I can see that Carnival has no choice on this as so many people need to get on the ship and the terminal building is not set up to accommodate them.

 Pool side drink service – unless you wanted a drink of the day in a souvenir glass you were pretty stuck. They would take your order but be gone forever. Going up to the bar was no better. On port days there was no poolside service.

 PHOTOGRAPHERS!!!! – In Puerto Vallarta there was 4 photographers to get through before you could get off the ship. You could barely turn around without someone asking if you wanted your picture taken.



We didn’t use the casino, didn’t go to Bingo, didn’t take any shore excursions (did our own) and didn’t use the Camp Carnival. We didn’t care for the décor of the ship, a little over the top for us. However, the ship was very well maintained and very clean. I also didn’t find the announcements to be overwhelming.


Overall, this was a great trip. We feel that we received excellent value for our money. I would recommend this trip to anyone. The negative things I mention were little annoyances – certainly not enough to spoil our trip.


If I can answer any questions – ask away – I would be happy to try to help.

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I was originally scheduled to be on that particular sailing, but due to medical emergencies with my Mom (who is doing just fine after 4 bypasses!) had to cancel. We have rescheduled for 4/24.

How was your weather? What did you do in Cabo? There seems to be so much to do in PV, but not that much in Cabo, you input would be greatly apprecaited. Glad you had a great trip. You will find that all Carnival's ships are a little over the top in decor. I think I had one of the old ships of brass and wood in mind when I first stepped on board a Carnival ship and was surprised. But now I like them too, I was on the Legend last time and I loved one of rooms decorated with Paul Cezane (probably spelled wrong) paintings. thanks Lydia of Ohio

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In PV we hired a van and driver. It was $75.00 for 3 of us and there was 3 other couples from the Holland America ship that was in port. It was well worth the money. We drove around all of PV and then went out to where they filmed Night of the Iguana and Predator to look around.


In Matzalan we did Randis Happy Horses. It was a great ride but I can't say I was impressed with Victors after the ride. The food was so/so, somewhat pricey for what you received and 2 groups from our ride never got fed because Victors was so disorganized. Randi is a bit of a character, but a lot of fun. The vendors at Victors were out of control. They swarmed us. The stop at Victors was a big disappointment all around.


In Cabo we found a kiosk on the pier for Desert Park ATV rides. It was $60.00 per person including transportation to and from the Desert Park. We had a mini tour of Cabo on the way and the ride was great. I would highly recommend this tour. The ATV guide was very knowledgeable and he pointed out a lot of things about the desert. They let my 15 year old son drive his own ATV which the ship's tour would not let us do. The Desert Park people say they are the official ATV tour providers for Princess, but I don't know if that is true or not. We also went to Cabo Wabo which I think is super overrated, smells and is expensive!


The weather was great all week. Going out of Long Beach was calm - coming back was a little rougher due to the weather in LA but nothing major. Wear major sunscreen if you are not used to the sun. I wore 60 SPF all week but still managed to burn myself a little.


Any other questions? Just ask away!

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Thanks for your time and great information about the cruise and the ports. You are a dear...sure you are tired from unpacking!

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Hi Sassycruiser,

I didn't realize you were riding with Randi's the same day as us. I was sitting at the middle table, closest to the ocean , with my family. My husband, myself, my 17 year old son , his friend, and my other three kids. I was suppose to ride but my sixteen year old got a bloody nose right before we got on the horses. So we ended up walking down the beach with Randi. She was very helpful and ended up only charging my son and I for transportation. I also agree with you about the vendors. I was getting quite angry. I must of said NO Thank YOu about a hundred times at Victors.

I don't remember another teenager besides my kids. Where were you sitting? Did my son Justin ever meet your son on the cruise. There wasn't too many teenagers on the cruise that I saw. That was one disappointed for my son.

We had a good time. I did have problems with the last day at sea. We were forward aft and the seas got to me. I still have sea legs. The cruise overall we enjoyed very much. My kids where very busy. My thirteen year old daughter made several new friends and came in later then me to the cabin each night. We only had one bad experince on the Pride Ship. My husband treated my daughter and I to a $70.00 each hair up and make-up application at the spa. They don't clean their brushes between clients. They put the bobby pins in their lips to hold them as they need them in your hair. And the make-up application was not even make-up. Just some bronze junk they put on your face. My daughter was all excited to be shown how to wear make-up "me too".





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Thanks so much for taking the time to give us your comments on the PRIDE. We are on her in 3 weeks.




We usually are the first to board and always get to the ship really early for check-in. We are taking our kids for the first time and re-thinking this approach. Do you think if we just waited until like 12:30 or so, we could just walk on the ship with very little waiting? I know most folks will be there around 10:00 for the QM check in and then waiting in line for two hours. My kids will go nuts waiting. What do you think?


Also, did Greg Kneale state who is replacing him after he retires in 2 weeks?


Where is the Apollo pool? Forward or Aft or midship? We have a FAR forward cabin and looking for the most convenient pool, but if we can get to one that is more for adults and less kids.....we will walk the distance!


Thanks for your help!!

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I liked the way you layed out your review and thanks for sharing. So glad to hear you had a good time.


Did your 15 year old find enough things to keep him busy and happy onboard?

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IMdreaming - was your son the one who bought the hammocks?


The Apollo pool was the one right in front of the door to go to the beauty salon. Go into the Mermaid Grille - go through the door that says Venus Pool - keep walking - all the way to the front.


My son did not see any teenagers on the ship. There seemed to be a lot of little kids but no teenagers. He was disappointed. He also felt that they needed more teen activities in the early evening. Coming from EST time staying up until midnight was way too late for him. That was 3:00 Am for us! He was happy lounging by the pool but he was definitely getting restless by Tuesday evening.


My son plays on his school quiz bowl team (Sort of like Jeopardy) and he won at Game Show Mania and one other trivia contest. I won one trivia contest so we ended up with 3 Ship on a stick! I would have preferred a deck of cards or something after the first ship on a stick.


Yesterday and today I am having that swaying feeling like I am still on the ship. Also suffering from a really bad case of jet lag! Want to be back at the pool with a cool drink in my hand!!!! And in the sun - it is snowing here in Michigan and has been since Sunday. We got stuck in LA due to the weather in the Midwest on Sunday and the weather in LA was bad. Thank goodness for Trip Insurance. They are covering our hotel and meals in LA! Don't leave home without it.

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Actually, the one that bought the hammocks was my son's friend Jake, that went with us. You can't really miss Jake, he is so tall. My son is the other teenage that was with him. "only 5'9".

Did you son go to Camp Carnival for 15-17 years old the first night. I think that is the way they meet other teenagers that were on the cruise. They never really signed up with 'Camp Carnival" but it was a great way for them to meet other kids their age. My daughter and son also signed up with Camp Carnival, meet friends also their age. I'm sorry your son didn't meet other teenagers. I know Justin was disappointed their weren't more kids to meet. But that is the chance I took booking this cruise during a none holiday week.

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Here it was a holiday week and when we have gone on cruises to Carribbean and Hawaii there has been lots of east coast/midwest people who must have winter break the same week. The first Camp Carnival event was during our dinner. I tried to persuade him to go late, but you know how kids are. He was embarassed to walk in late, etc, etc. I even went with him to the arcade a couple of times to see if there were other kids.


We all had a good time - it is just somewhat stressful to do 24/7 with a teenager! Especially when everything I do is a source of embarassment to him. I don't see how he survives!!!!

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