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REVIEW OF PRIDE SAILING 5/16/04

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Below is my review of our cruise on the Pride on 5/16/04. It is not as detailed as others have done but it was all the time I had for now. Let me know if there are any questions.

 

My husband I sailed on the Carnival Pride to the Mexican Riviera for our anniversary on 5/16/04. This was my 13th cruise (Princess, Celebrity, Seabourn, NCL, Cunard, RCCL and Carnival) and my husband's first (I finally convinced him to try a cruise and or course he absolutely loved it).

 

I am going to start off with the only bad experience of the trip. Embarkation at Long Beach was a nightmare. We had the mis-foutune to be on the cruise where the crew had to go through a customs check and this delayed our boarding several hours. We knew about this is advance and arrived late, around 2:00. We were not on the ship until close to 5:00. The lines were very long and there was a series of them. I know this process could and should be streamlined.

 

Once on board we delighted to find out that we had been upgraded from a balcony guarantee to a category 12 suite, WOW!!! The suite itself was beautiful, not as large as other cruiselines top end suites but still wonderful, approximately 400 - 500 square feet with a 120 square foot balcony. The suite had a sitting area and a seperate dressing area with a sink. The bathroom had two sinks and a jacuzzi tub (although the tub was very small). The counter tops were granite and the mahogany wood treatments were beautiful. The suite was located midship and we never felt any movement.

 

The rest of the ship was absolutely beautiful. After having sailed on several other "higher end" cruiselines I was a little leary about Carnival but the Pride is incredible. She cost over 600 million and is truly state of the art. The common areas, bars, restaurants and pool areas were beautiful and kept very clean.

 

Food on the Pride was good, not great but good. We ate in the main dining room 3 nights, the buffet 3 nights and David's 1 night. The service staff was very friendly and efficient. The best meal was definitely at David's. It is worth the extra $25 per person charge. The service was excellent and the food was plentiful and as good as most high end land based restaurants. We both had prime steaks and they were very good. The wine selection was reasonable and we had a bottle of Caymus cabernet for $75.

 

The entertainment was also very good, again not great but good. The shows were very well done and the cruise director was very entertaining. We played the casino a few nights and lost. The casino is very big and the dealers were nice. I think I counted 13 bars on the ship so you will never be without a drink.

 

As on most cruise ships the shore excursions were over priced but we enjoyed them. In PV we did the dolphin swim and this was really a blast.

You get to swim with, pet and ride the dolphins. They even come up to you and give you a kiss on the cheek. In Mazatlan I did Randi's Happy Horses and it was great as previous reviews have stated. My husband went deep sea fishing and said it was terrible. If you are going to deep sea fish do it in Cabo where the water is cooler. In Cabo we did the sea kayaking and it was also a lot of fun.

 

I could go on and on but time is running out so I'll stop at this point. If anyone has any questions feel free to post them on the Carnival board and I will get back to them.

 

Overall this was a great cruise. I actually prefer the Caribbean but since we live in California now this was very convenient. I don't know about other Carnival ships but the Pride is wonderful and I would recommend it to anyone considering it for a cruise. I will say that the people on board were a little more "party oriented" but they never really bothered us (a couple of nights we were probably a little loud for our neighboors as well). I would definitely sail on the this class of Carnival ship again.

 

[This message was edited by drush on 05-27-04 at 10:27 AM.]

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Hi Drush,

I think we sat right across from you at Victor's at Mazatlan (Lin & Barb). It really was a fun day wasn't it? I remember you saying that your husband went fishing and that you hadn't ridden a horse in a long time. You couldn't tell by me as you galloped by me on the beach. What a great time it was!!

 

Can't Wait !!!

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Lin and Barb,

 

I do remember sitting across from you at Victors. I loved the riding on the beach but my legs told me about it the next day!

 

When and where is your next cruise? I want to start planning our next one but still trying to figure out where to go, maybe back to the Caribbean or something new like Hawaii (have you been on a Hawaii cruise?)

 

Thanks for the note!

 

Debbie

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I just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to tell us your thoughts on the ship & cruise. Will be taking my turn in January. Nice review!

 

USS GRIDLEY CG-21 (85-89)

CARNIVAL PRIDE 1/9/2005

 

countdown.cgi?trgb=000000&srgb=00ff00&prgb=8b0000&cdt=2005;1;9;16;00;00&timezone=GMT-0800  'til I surprise my buddy and help him celebrate the big 5-0!!!!!

 

 

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Hi Debbie,

 

Well we are thinking of either Alaska with or Hawaii for the next cruise. We even debated a 14 day cruise which goes from San Diego to Hawaii. But even though we love cruising 14 days seems like a lot so we will probably opt for the 7 day cruise around the islands. Our friends asked us to go on an Alaska tour departing out of Seattle so that's also a possibility. Either way it sure is fun planning the next one. Have you seen all the posts regarding our embarkation? It sure stirred up a lot of emotions.

 

Can't Wait !!!

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Lin and Barb,

 

When you say the 7 day in Hawaii I assume you are talking about NCL. What have you heard about NCL and this Hawaii cruise?

 

We have some friends who only do longer cruises, usually repositioning, of at least 14 days and they love it. They say that by 7 days they are just starting to really relax. I don't know I might be with you that seems like a long time. We are looking into one of the fall one way Hawaii cruises that are 10 days.

 

Planning the next cruise helps get you through the withdrawals from the last one! Did you look into the Carnival Vacation Club while you were onboard? Kind of interesting.

 

Debbie

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A two week cruise isn't to long!

Your so happy that on the morning of the eight day that you DON"T have to get off!

 

Then when the two weeks are over..you say..NO..it's been to short, want to stay on longer icon_biggrin.gif!

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We are going on Carnival Pride this weekend and had planned on fishing in

Mazatlan, but would love to know why your husbands experience was horrible...Thanks!

Lisa

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Thanks so much for your review! We are going next May...leaving on Mothers Day. Did you notice alot of kids on your trip? We will be traveling this time with our 2 DD's age 6 and 22 months.;) Did they have lobster in the dining room?

So glad to hear you had fun~

Thanks again!!

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Did they have lobster in the dining room?
Cruised the PRIDE 3 weeks before the OP and yes, lobster is served in the dining room, I believe, on the first formal night (1st or 2nd day at sea ?)

 

Incidentally, I agree with everything the original poster said about the beautiful and gracious PRIDE. Marvelous ship, great crew and my favorite itinerary. :)

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Did they have lobster in the dining room?

 

Served on the second night, which is the first formal night. The second formal night will be Friday night.

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Loved your review. We are sailing in March '05. Would love to know more about the

dolphin swim in P.V. My husband really wants to do that this trip. Last year we did

the tequilla factory tour which was fun, too.

We loved sailing on the Pride. It's such a beautiful ship and all the staff was so very

nice. thanks

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We are sailing out of LA on Jan 9th 2005. biggrin.gif We are sailing with our two younger daughtgers, DH'S Mom and older sister... While they [mom & sister] wanted and paid for a balcony room....We wanted to save a few $$$ and ended up booking a french door room...I am having a hard time fully understanding exactly what we will be able to see or not see lol. Do the doors open? Can you walk out on to a small balcony? confused.gif.

 

We are also looking to hear from others who used Camp Carnival... Our daughters will be 6 & 8 at the time of sailing... How big is the camp? What are the hours? What type of kid friendly food does the ship provide? and lastly does the camp watch them while the ship is in port? Thanks in advance everyone... Warm hugs!!!!tongue.gif

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We are taking our two young kids and I got a ton of information off the Carnival.com website. If you go to the FAQ section, it will give you everything you need to know.

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Sftnslky: French doors will open for air, but there is no place to step out. What you will see will depend on exact location of cabin and lifeboat. Some cabins are between lifeboats so you will be able to see a little, some cabins only have view of lifeboat.

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We are taking our two young kids and I got a ton of information off the Carnival.com website. If you go to the FAQ section,
Hi thanks...;) Yes we alredy went to the site..but I just couldn't find out how big...square footage wise the camp was...What EXACT items..ie video games, computers, etc...that our exact ship [The Pride] will/has at the camp... I also really couldn't decifer very well the exact in port hours...& also if the counslers offer to sit with them during the dinner hour?? We actually have taken our oldest daughter several times...but each one of those times she was a teenager and we didn't sail on the Pride. ;)

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hmmm....well, I have seen Playstation 2 in some of the Pride photo galleries, but that's a good question?? I wonder if the kids can bring their own games with them or if they are pre programmed or something?? I hate the idea of my children playing video games on an expensive cruise....but, I know that it is fun to THEM, so maybe a little won't hurt.

 

I've read the square footage somewhere also...just gotta find it. My camp carnival capers say that children need to be picked up for dinner each night. I've heard words to the contrary on some of these boards, but maybe it wasnt the Pride.

 

I'll keep searching.......

 

cq

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