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So it has been few years since I sailed on the Pride since October 2015. Going in February 2020. I was wondering if anything has changed during those years and the Pros and Cons? I only remember a slight con on my cruise then was the buffet not having many options or if they did it was not a lot of food out at the time of meals. As not being kept stocked. Now I do remember Guys and Iguana being so good it over rides the buffet selection during Breakfast and Lunch. 

 

This will be my 3rd time cruising with Pride.

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Leaving on the Pride this coming Sunday. If there are any  things you want me to check out, let me know!

 

Karen

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Love everything about the Pride, it’s our favorite, we just cruised her end July.  In Feb it had a refurb, so it’s nice and clean, fresh paint, carpets, etc.  

 

I found the lido buffet to be very good with many choices, but my go-to is always the Blue Iguana.  

 

Honestly my only complete is the yellow twisty slide, it’s painfully slow, sometimes you have to push yourself....but if that’s the only Con then it’s not much.

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Just got off the Pride last Sunday, Sept. 8th.  This was our 7th time, and we rally didn't have any cons.

 

Buffet was good, breakfast in the MDR is better, David's was awesome, as usual, and the pizza, Blue Iguana and Guys were great.

 

Ship is older, but is well maintained.  

 

Ken Byrne, the singing Maitre'd is fabulous, as was our cruise director, Dr. E.

 

Enjoy!

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7 hours ago, eas2225 said:

Just got off the Pride last Sunday, Sept. 8th.  This was our 7th time, and we rally didn't have any cons.

 

Buffet was good, breakfast in the MDR is better, David's was awesome, as usual, and the pizza, Blue Iguana and Guys were great.

 

Ship is older, but is well maintained.  

 

Ken Byrne, the singing Maitre'd is fabulous, as was our cruise director, Dr. E.

 

Enjoy!

We had Ken Byrne for our Feb cruise. We cruise again next Feb and I hope he is there again.

 

Laura

 

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Did they refurb the rooms or are they still the Carnival peach? We go in May.

I love the ships with the updated rooms. Even paradise was updated when I went to Cuba in April 😃

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Just return from the Pride yesterday. I don't have any ship cons, we love the Pride and the easy layout. Some rooms have had the curtains bed coverings and skirt changed to the blue colors. While walking some had the blue carpet too. It appears they may have address the vibration too during the February dry dock. 

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16 hours ago, daljcl said:

IS the casino open on the first night  of cruise?

Yes casino opens the first night,.  We have sailed as recently as last month on the Pride (our 5th time)  It's one of our favorite ships because it's only about a four hour drive and we love the Spirit class ships!  We will sail on the Miracle for the first time this Sunday out of Tampa.  I will say that our only con is the smoke in the casino. These spirit class ships have the best serenity areas. Easy layout, too.  Just the right size.

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We were on her in April and after being on all the new big ships we were concerned.  Our worries were for nothing we loved this ship and it is now one of our favorites.  No cons from us.

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My husband and I love the Pride as a ship. The biggest con for us is also a big pro - location.  Baltimore is an easy 3-3.5 hour drive for us, but it is much farther north than Miami 😉 We generally don't cruise in the summer, so that often means cooler weather the first and last sea days.  The options are limited if you have to divert due to a hurricane too.

 

The itineraries are limited with the location too.  Even the Eastern Caribbean stops are mostly North Atlantic.  Unless you are on a longer Journeys cruise expect rougher seas in cooler water.  There are a few Bermuda cruises (still cooler water), but generally expect a stop at Nassau or Grand Turk, a private island, and Freeport (or Sea Day until accepting guests).

 

We have sailed twice and will likely sail again - she is a great ship.  But there are some trade-offs.

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Great to hear as I am looking into it for next summer as my daughter just moved there. I have been on the Vista, Glory, Dream, Paradise and the Valor 2 weeks ago,

Menus would be nice. Thanks 

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We have sailed the Pride 3 times since 2015 and love it.  December 2018 was the most recent and the only con I remember was bad vibration in the back of the main dining room.  

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I'm wondering if the retractable roof over the swimming pool has been fixed.  Last time we went it could only be opened or closed when in port.

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There were many posts here on CC about the Pride having really violent vibrations felt by those in any of the cabins near the aft. Has this issue been resolved?

 

If the Pride is similar to the Miracle, then I have good reason to avoid it.  I understand some pax like it because they can drive and not fly to the port, and most fares are reasonably priced.  Just too old and Farcusly jaded for me. JMO, YMMV.

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