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Sail Date: March 2019
My husband and I needed to get away for a few days to totally unwind and we did just that. Now just so you know this was our 32 cruise and this was our 6th Carnival cruise and majority have been with RRCL. What does anyone really expect to ... Read More
My husband and I needed to get away for a few days to totally unwind and we did just that. Now just so you know this was our 32 cruise and this was our 6th Carnival cruise and majority have been with RRCL. What does anyone really expect to get for three days? We expect a clean room #1, ice bucket kept full, room steward to provide us with clean towels and good food. Our room was clean but never to my standard so I Clorox everything that's a solid surface and fabreeze all materials - now I know it's halfway clean. Room steward asked when we preferred to have him to service our room and we opted for mornings - choice was morning or afternoon. A little strange for us as we are accustomed to twice per day. First day it's now 2pm and room is still the same as we left it. We saw steward and he asked if he could clean our room and we asked for just clean towels seeing it was so late and we had stayed away thinking he would clean the room "in the morning". We rarely saw him for the rest of our cruise. We would get our own ice and kept the room pretty clean and he would bring clean towels sometime during the evening when we were out. Food - 1st night we ate at the Diamonds steakhouse and my surf and turf was excellent, but my husbands prone rib not so much. Should have been better seeing that we paid for this meal. Other meals were in the cafeteria and it was horrible - not many choices here and the same food day in and day out and they would serve you the food I guess cost more like bacon.....weird. Tables weren't cleared off and half the time we never saw workers at all. I felt that we were to totally take care of all our needs everywhere on this ship. Staff never made it a point to say hello and ask if we needed anything as if to avoid having to do anymore than needed. Food wasn't good but we didn't starve either. Shows were ok,but the one thing that was above and beyond our expectations was the cruise director Nono she was fantastic in engaging with everyone especially after the shows in the Atrium I think it was called Flowers we had a fantastic evening on the last night - thanks Nono!! We had a balcony and it was filthy of course a good wash down was needed and you couldn't even see out of the windows when you sat in the chairs. My husband cleaned them with soap and water which was much better. Neighbors above us, left and right were loud and fowl mouthed - could have done without! You pay extra for a balcony so clean it up people....bottom line I really felt like we weren't on a cruise that service was a priority from the staffing. What a shame! Again three days what should you expect? Service wasn't anything to write home about, cleanliness overall the public areas were clean but lacked in our stateroom/balcony. Food - nothing special at all. Would I do this one again.... NOPE! I would not. I'll pay extra to be on RRCL. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Been on this cruise 6 times. To us it us a nothing cruise. Just to relax. Food is good. The show's are not great. The comedy club is the best. Private island is nice. NASSAU is ok if u have never been there. JUNKOO beach is just ... Read More
Been on this cruise 6 times. To us it us a nothing cruise. Just to relax. Food is good. The show's are not great. The comedy club is the best. Private island is nice. NASSAU is ok if u have never been there. JUNKOO beach is just a walk out of town. Lounge chair and food vendors for minimal charge. Nice clean beach. Food vendors selling food. Freeport is to short. Love the enclosed pool for the first day. Depending on the weather u can use the second pool which is outside. Nighttime movie under the stars is nice. Cabins are clean and the staff take care of u. The last day they put towel animals all around the pool. Really cute. They do St Jude donations with either tshirts or bears. Will be doing this cruise again as the port is ok n li u 2hrs drive. Cheap parking. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
After sailing on the Pride last March and having a great time we decided to do it again. We had Faster to the Fun and after arriving around 12 we were having a Guy Fieri burger which were great around 12:30. Smooth and easy embarkation. ... Read More
After sailing on the Pride last March and having a great time we decided to do it again. We had Faster to the Fun and after arriving around 12 we were having a Guy Fieri burger which were great around 12:30. Smooth and easy embarkation. After a quick walk around the ship, we ended up in the Red Frog Pub having our first cocktail of the cruise ( a fish bowl that was a half price special...great deal). We then went up to our cabin where we met our steward Dewa who was just awesome all week. At our Early time Dinner we met our waiter Luis and his helpers Ronald and Joever. Just excellent all week. Food was great all week and any request we had was accommodated with no problem and a smile. The atmosphere in the dining room is festive and fun led by the Maitre D. There are activities all day and night on the ship from Trivia contests to live entertainment, if you are bored on this ship you just aren’t trying to have fun. Highly recommend the Piano Bar, it seems to be a hidden gem that is really a lot of fun along with the comedy club where we found both the PG show and Adult show to be equally funny. After 2 sea days, our first port of call was the beautiful Princess Cay. A great beach day with loungers and lunch provided. Just a perfect relaxing day in the sun. Just a tip the earlier you get out there the better spot on the beach you will get but with the plentiful loungers on the beach I didn’t see anyone that wasn’t able to get a spot. Port of Call #2 was Nassau where we booked a See and Sea excursion through Carnival. Very fun day that started with a tour bus ride to do a little shopping and sightseeing followed by a boatride that took a group of 10 of us out on a tour of the shoreline to see the homes of several celebrities and fill us in on all the local Nassau information that was very interesting to learn. After that we switched over to another boat that had a bottom compartment with windows and seats where you could view the sea life in its natural habitat. From Sharks to Sea Turtles we saw it all. Lots of fun and the tour guides were fun and very informative. Port of call #3 was Freeport, we didn’t book anything here but did go off to do some last minute shopping. The people were very nice and picked up a few things but in the future probably would do an excursion here because it really is more of an industrial area with not much around. The trip back to Baltimore was uneventful and again they offer a bevy of activities and shows to keep you busy. The only complaint I would have would be that the casino area seems to have a hard time filtering out the smoke from the smokers there. It can be really overbearing at times. In conclusion, the debarkation was handled swiftly and orderly like a fine tuned machine. Having Faster to the Fun doesn’t hurt either. It really does make things easier for you. Overall another great cruise on the Pride Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
everything went smooth it was my first cruise and I think I chose a great one.. the cruise director was awesome ,energetic, and very informative on all events that went on throughout the whole four days. just me and my wife cruised, and ... Read More
everything went smooth it was my first cruise and I think I chose a great one.. the cruise director was awesome ,energetic, and very informative on all events that went on throughout the whole four days. just me and my wife cruised, and would gladly go again. plenty of great entertainment, and a good variety . cabin was very clean. the buffet was great . didn't really like the dinning room experience. not a lot to choose from. the ports were also clean and comfortable to explore. had a ball on the beach. it was very relaxing. the service there was also great. the excursions were reasonable and comfortable as well. loved the music, and the dj that set the atmosphere. that was really my highlight . embarkation went well lines moved rather smooth. debarkation also surprisingly went smooth. I will definitely recommend this cruise to anyone asking for a cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
We are frequent cruises and lower our expectations when necessary. The ship itself was well maintained and the food was good. Guys burgers were awesome! Room service was also very good and had many free options and the pay options were not ... Read More
We are frequent cruises and lower our expectations when necessary. The ship itself was well maintained and the food was good. Guys burgers were awesome! Room service was also very good and had many free options and the pay options were not pricey. Our room location was horrible. We were right above the metal machine shop where very loud grinding, hammering of metal and clinking continues from 7:30 am until after supper every day. I was really sick with a head cold and could not rest even with ear plugs. They offered us 150 credit at the ships shops. We got badly sunburned and the ships shop did not have any aloe or ointments to help. The cabin steward accidentally threw out a retainer that was on the bathroom shelf. It will be 500 to replace it. We are in our forties and really appreciate our afternoon rests and peace and quiet but there was none in our room. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
This cruise was so needed after a hard 6 months with my step dad beating cancer, & some other stuff leaving him in a wheelchair. This was a huge family ordeal with 14 of us needing some serious R&R & Carnival Elation did not ... Read More
This cruise was so needed after a hard 6 months with my step dad beating cancer, & some other stuff leaving him in a wheelchair. This was a huge family ordeal with 14 of us needing some serious R&R & Carnival Elation did not disappoint. We've cruised together years before, but now some of us had children & significant others. The things I was super impressed with are: -Embarkation & Debarkation were pretty painless due to faster to the fun. I would absolutely add this on if you are considering it. -The staff was super nice. Jordan is pure sunshine, he would greet you by name at the Tiffany's buffet, & ask how you were, what your plans are for the day, & his smile is super contagious. Seriously if you don't smile after interacting with him, you should take a look at how you are living your life. -Our steward Jose was awesome as well. He kept our room super clean, & there was a towel pet waiting each evening for our daughter. -We had a room on the Empress level with a private balcony. This was fantastic! We had a king size bed, along with a pull out for my daughter. I know cruise ship rooms are small, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't knock my head on her bed a few times due to it pulling out right over our bed. -Half Moon Cay is magical. My husband was wary about getting off the boat onto the island, not having control on when we could come back, but he is so glad he came. The smaller boats ferry back & fourth all day & we were able to grab one to go back straight away. The behind the scenes work that goes into preparing all of us lunch on that island should be fully recognized. Impressive operation & it seems so smooth! We didn't go on any excursions, we were happy to just relax on the beach. There were chairs for my step dad to use to go out onto the ocean for free! This was so wonderful! -Nassau is always fun & bustling. I've been there before & done some excursions so we opted just to shop & walk around this time. It was a lot of fun. -The buffet was awesome. The casino was awesome, the fun shops, & other places to buy jewelry & souvenirs are great as well. -The 80's show & Divas were fantastic. -The professional photos we got were stunning, we went home with the canvas package. I was however, not impressed that in order to get digital copies - you are forced to also purchase the 8x10s. Things I feel could've been improved upon: -My daughter, niece & nephew's were not impressed. They never really did what the itinerary said they had planned. They wanted to hang with us instead, which of course we wanted to spend some quality time with them but my husband & I were wanting a bit of an "adult reprieve" & having a kid not stoked about the kid area was kinda disappointing. -The food at the dinners. Most of it was really good, but getting through all of the courses took over 2 hours. We were scheduled for the 8:25 dinners so we had to go directly to any shows we wanted to see, nearly missing them. The one steak I ordered had a huge tendon going through the whole thing which didn't leave me able to eat but a few bites. We had a blast. This was my husband & daughter's first cruise, & though my husband wasn't super excited about being on a moving boat (he was seasick the last day due to a rocky ride back to Jacksonville) they both would love to go back. I hope to go again next year. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
We just got off the 3 day Liberty, and had a great time. DH and I booked this because I wanted a getaway for my birthday and after pricing a few places in FL, we decided that cruising was as cheaper or cheaper than getting a nice beach ... Read More
We just got off the 3 day Liberty, and had a great time. DH and I booked this because I wanted a getaway for my birthday and after pricing a few places in FL, we decided that cruising was as cheaper or cheaper than getting a nice beach condo, eating out, and doing something special for entertainment. We live in Central FL, so it's easy for us to book last minute. I love the relaxed feel of a cruise. It's so nice to unplug from social media, the news, and work. Hubby and I spent a lot of time relaxing with a good book on Serenity Deck. We also enjoyed chatting with fellow cruisers in the hot tubs on Serenity and at dinner. We got great exercise walking around the ship and climbing stairs. We got to Port Canaveral at 11:10 for our 12:30 boarding appointment. We were hoping we might get on a little early. There was no line at all and we walked right in. We were on the Lido deck eating lunch shortly after 11:30. That was a nice surprise and a great way to start our weekend! Our first day for lunch we had Blue Iguana. I didn't want the tortilla shell, so they put the beans, rice, chicken, and pico de gallo on a plate, and I got tomatoes, crema fresca, and limes from the salsa bar. So, so good! By the way, the next day for breakfast, I got mexican style scrambled eggs from Blue Iguana. There was no line, and the eggs were delicious! Again, I didn't want a tortilla, so they just put it on a plate for me. Lunch the next day was a yummy Guy's burger. No bun, even though the server teased me, "no bun, no fun!" I put plenty of bacon and tomato on it, which made it fun for me. We always indulged in desserts from the buffet. Later in the afternoon, we had ice cream with a couple of salted dark chocolate cookies from the deli. Yum! We'd heard several of our new Serenity deck friends talking about how good the Cuban sandwich was in the deli, so that was lunch the third day. They were right; it was goooooood! Also that day was the chocolate buffet on Lido. The peanut butter chocolate cake wasn't great, but the blackberry chocolate was. Hubby loved the triple chocolate cake. We ate in the MDR two of our three nights. We both loved our food the first night. Hubby had the beef brisket and it was tender and delicious! My mahi mahi was good too, but his beef was wonderful. I had the orange and grapefruit fillet salad for my appetizer that night and enjoyed it. The second night, we both had the meatball soup as our appetizer. I thought it was good, but hubby didn't care for it. We were both mystified because there were NO meatballs in it. It had a meatball flavor, but no actual meat in either of our bowls. I had delicious prime rib for my entree. Hubby had the stuffed peppers. He wasn't impressed. By the third night, we were ready for a more relaxed dinner where we didn't have to wait on the waitstaff to bring us menus, bread, water, etc, so we ate at the buffet. Several of the entrees and appetizers on the buffet were the same as they were offering in the MDR. We weren't disappointed with the food, and were actually surprised at how crowded the buffet was that night. I sure did miss my chocolate melting cake, though! We loved the two shows in the main theater (Flick and America Rocks). The main male singer is especially talented, wow! These are far from the cheesy shows of yesteryear. We enjoyed the Motown trivia time in Flowers lobby as well as the violin trio. We saw 2 PG shows in the comedy club. They were both ok. We also saw Hasbro, the Game Show. It was cute and good for a few laughs. We hung out in the Piano Man bar one night. I didn't like the guy who was there nearly as much as the Irish gal who was on the Liberty last April when a friend and I went. This guy was a little too snarky for my taste. Nono, the cruise director, had great energy. All the staff are nice and very helpful. Fortunately, the weather was wonderful our three days. We met lots of cruisers from up north (we live in Central FL). I know they were glad to have the warm weather and sunshine! Debarkation took a while. We decided to check our luggage, so we put it out the night before and chose debark #14. There must have been a delay at the port because people who were carrying their own luggage were supposed to debark starting about 7am through 8:30ish, but I don't think they started with Deck 1 until almost 8. Then it took a long time until they called Deck 2, and another long time until they called 6 and 7. Again, this was only those who were carrying their luggage off. They were supposed to be calling #8-11 of people who checked their luggage at about 8:30, and #12 and higher starting at 9:30. By 9, they were still working on the people who were carrying their own luggage off, and finally at about 9:45, they called the last 3 decks of people carrying their own luggage, plus all of us who had checked our luggage. They must have realized that they needed to clear the ship for the next group! But the line moved fairly fast, and we were in our car by about 10:15 and headed home. This cruise was the perfect blend of fun and relaxing! Can't wait to start planning my next cruise! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
My family and I had a great cruise on the Carnival Pride from 2/24-3/3. I felt that the overall experience was very good, from the dining room food to the service of the staff as well as the entertainment provided each night. It was a ... Read More
My family and I had a great cruise on the Carnival Pride from 2/24-3/3. I felt that the overall experience was very good, from the dining room food to the service of the staff as well as the entertainment provided each night. It was a memorable vacation and I will definitely use Carnival to cruise in the future. What I really liked: The ship itself is nice. It is older but looks good for its age. There is variety in the activities they offer and lots of opportunities to shop and have a good time. Dining room food variety from breakfast to dinner was very good. I really didn't eat lunch. The waiters and staff service in the bars and all over from everyone I was in contact with was great. All very friendly and accomodating. Entertainment was good to excellent. Shows in the Taj Mahal theater were good quality. My son enjoyed Hasbro the Game Show, I liked the 80's show. Cheesy, sure, but in a good way. My husband and I LOVED the band, IN THE GROOVE, in the Red Frog Pub. They were amazing and a highlight of the trip. Make sure you check them out. What was ok: Our stateroom was pretty crowded for 4 people. I would definitely book 2 rooms next time. The trip itinarary was ok. I have been to Nassau a few times, just ok. Not much to do but shop and eat. I like Atlantis but most of it is not accessible to people who are not guests or are not willing to pay ALOT to do stuff there. Freeport is a wasted port IMO ,not much to do there but shop or drink. You need some sort of shore excursion here or else why bother getting off the ship here. Princess Cay is beautiful, a must see. Very well kept and very picturesque. My daughter went snorkeling on her own and she loved it,saw lots of fish. What bothered me: The casino is very smoky. I could not spend that much time there as it is overwhelming. Not sure how to change this but make it non-smoking. WIFI signal is not good. Alot of interrupted service or none at all. We paid for the social media plan and it was not a good value for the money. No tv variety in the stateroom. It is pretty bad, just a few options according to my kids. I did not watch tv. The kids activities for ages 11-15 are not great, almost nonexistent. My kids were disappointed in this, although my son enjoyed the newly renovated arcade. All in all, I would cruise the Pride again if only for the convenience of being able to go out of Baltimore. I will probably choose another ship for a new itinarary but if you haven't done the Bahamas cruise yet the Pride is a great choice. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
Embarkation and disembarkation were organized and fast. There were so many check points at embarkation but it was fast considering the amount of people boarding. The ship was not the new mega ships but I knew that coming in. The cabin was ... Read More
Embarkation and disembarkation were organized and fast. There were so many check points at embarkation but it was fast considering the amount of people boarding. The ship was not the new mega ships but I knew that coming in. The cabin was always clean and the bed was very comfortable. I love the interior cabin with the obstructed window. It was an affortable price and I could still see the ocean. The food at the main dining was great from breakfast to dinner. At the buffet, chopstix had good food during lunch but they did not change their menu often. The buffet was lacking options during dinner (pizza, deli, salad stations) so I just stuck to the main dining. There were so many entertainments and activities I always had something to do from shopping, bingo, comedy club, performances and lip sync battle. The staff were so friendly and worked extremely hard. My cabin steward and dining room waitress always smiled and asked about my day. Princess Cays was a private island so the chairs and food were included. The water was peaceful but there were some rocks in the ocean. After you pass the rocks, you are ok. I have been to Nassau before so instead of the island tour, I spent a day at aquaventure in Atlantis. The streets and straw markets near the Nassau port were busy with people and fun. Freeport was ok. The port had straw markets and shipping cargo. I took a taxi to Port Lucaya which had more straw markets. I did find the public beach across there and it was calm and beautiful. Not many people were there. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
This is my 7th Carnival cruise and the last 2 I went on I swore not to give them another shot but I did one more time and this is the last time! The food was worse then Golden Corral, the only good meal was the steak house that I paid an ... Read More
This is my 7th Carnival cruise and the last 2 I went on I swore not to give them another shot but I did one more time and this is the last time! The food was worse then Golden Corral, the only good meal was the steak house that I paid an extra $38 per person for but I will say it was great! The ship is decent older now and needs freshend up but over all in good shape, I won’t complain about the ship. The cabin Steward was awful never changed the sheets once and I know because I spilled a tiny bit of coffee on the top sheet and instead of him changing the sheets he took the top sheet off and used it as the bottom sheet and the bottom sheet as the top sheet! Also never vaccumed the cabin once that I could notice. Dining room service was pretty slow and took forever to receive the drinks. Also the room service food menu is sorry and went over the scheduled time for delivery. I am not a picky person but for a few hundred dollars more I will spend it to receive better quality food and service on another cruise line. Read Less
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