Wanted to thank the cruise line and staff for a great vacation. I will definitely cruise with Carnival again. The ship was clean and the room was ready when we got on board. The cabin was enough space for my wife and I and was equipped ... Read More
Wanted to thank the cruise line and staff for a great vacation. I will definitely cruise with Carnival again. The ship was clean and the room was ready when we got on board. The cabin was enough space for my wife and I and was equipped with everything that we needed. The lunch options and the dinner options were both very good. For the entertainment we took advantage of a lot of the entertainment options on the ship.
The service was very good. Before me got on the check in when very smoothly. That bags were in the room and it seemed like there were plenty of staff to assist with everything. The itinerary was good. We've been to the Bahamas a few times, but I think this time of year was the best time to go with the best weather. Docking in the ports and shore excursions were all on time and we had a good time. Read Less
My wife, 4.5-year-old son, and I joined our neighbors and their two boys (almost 5 and 3) and had an enjoyable cruise to the Bahamas from Baltimore on board the Carnival Pride from 30 December 2018 to 6 January 2019. In keeping with my ... Read More
My wife, 4.5-year-old son, and I joined our neighbors and their two boys (almost 5 and 3) and had an enjoyable cruise to the Bahamas from Baltimore on board the Carnival Pride from 30 December 2018 to 6 January 2019. In keeping with my TripAdvisor review style, I offer the following feedback:
Home Port (Baltimore). The port is easily assessable from I-95, making it a great airfare-free cruise destination for many cities around Baltimore. Parking and boarding were relatively painless, and everyone was very pleasant at embarkation and disembarkation (although we arrived back in Baltimore 1.5 hours late due to choppier-than-normal seas). Customer Service allowed us to disembark early because of our neighbor’s foot problem, and that saved us a bunch of headaches and time—kudos, Carnival!
Port of Call #1 – Princess Cays (0800 to 1700 hours). Carnival’s private island—and extension of the ship—was fun and just a short boat ride from the Pride. The beach was clean, the snorkeling area was clear and fish-filled, and the buffet lunch was adequate. Princess Cays also has a satisfactory play area with a small pool that was a big hit with the boys after a gratifying time at the beach swimming and building sand castles.
Port of Call #2 – Nassau (0800 to 1700 hours). We and our neighbors walked about 25 minutes to and from Junkanoo Beach for a fun, free day of sun, sand, and snorkeling. The public beach is a tad rocky but clean, the snorkeling around the old concrete piers is surprisingly full of fish, and the shops and restaurants that one passes are plentiful and sensibly priced.
Port of Call #3 – Freeport (0700 to 1330 hours). Like most people, my wife and I booked a Carnival excursion for Freeport as the only thing near the port is a shopping area. The snorkeling was a relative bust, but the captain and fellow guests were amusing. Our neighbors booked a more expensive ATV/beach time excursion, and they had a great time. As both our excursions had a minimum age requirement, we and our neighbors left our boys at the ship’s free Camp Ocean (Kids Camp) during our outings.
Cabin. Our extended balcony cabin (5th deck, mid-ship) was a tad tight, and my wife said we’ll need to pay extra for a junior suite on our next cruise. Still, the friendly maids did an excellent job cleaning it during breakfast and dinner, and they always greeted us using our first names. The beds were comfortable, but the TV channels were rather limited.
Kids Camp. Our son seemed to enjoy his time at Camp Ocean as he usually had his neighbor friends with him, and we relished the many opportunities for alone time. Our neighbors, however, had an issue with one of the staff members who gave them a hard time about their 3-year old’s behavior. Our neighbor complained, and Management quickly had the employee write a hand-written apology.
Places to Eat on the Ship. One will never go hungry on a Carnival ship. (1) The Dr. Seuss Breakfast on the last sea day was one of the highlights of the trip as the boys got to eat cool-looking chow and meet/take pictures with all their favorite Dr. Seuss characters. For $5 per person, it was a bargain, and we highly recommend it. (2) As for buffet/take away, the pizza place is great and always open. (3) The burrito/taco and Chinese places are top notch and always a sought-after selection of the guests. (4) The sushi place is not free, but the prices and food are fantastic. (5) The other buffet places rotate their menus, and everything is hit or miss depending on one’s taste. (6) As for the main sit down, a la carte restaurant, the mass quantities of hit or miss chow was a treat—always served by friendly, entertaining, and professional waiters. (7) The fancy sit down restaurant is not free so we did not go.
Things to Do on the Ship. There is always something to do on the “Fun Ships,” and the Pride’s cruise director, Dr. E, was constantly on the intercom informing guests of what was soon to happen. (1) The shows at the main theatre were well-done, the comedy shows were always funny, and the other entertainment around the ship was top notch. (2) The casino was always bustling with guests trying to hit it big, and the dealers and staff were friendly and professional. (3) The pools were an option while we were near the islands, but they were understandably too cold up north. (4) The hot tubs were OK but almost always filled with other guests. Note, as expected, the adult pool and hot tub were less crowded and more relaxing. (5) The water slides were entertaining—my son went down the easier yellow slide once and stayed away from the heart-stopping green slide his Papa loved. (6) We did not pay for any spa services, but it looked well-run and nice. (7) The gym was clean and stocked with plenty of nice treadmills, weight machines, etc. (8) The nightly activities at the bars and pools were great for the grown-ups, and everyone looked like they had a great time. (9) There was also ping pong and corn hole, and the guests seemed to enjoy them, too. (10) Our neighbors said the mini-golf was not all that, and that could be why we never saw anyone playing.
Tips. (1) Save money and visit Junkanoo Beach in Nassau. (2) Pay the extra money for a suite if possible. (3) Book the Dr. Seuss Breakfast. (4) Be ready to stand in line for chow during peak periods. (5) Take advantage of Camp Ocean and the adult’s only swimming pool/hot tub. (6) Exercise every day to avoid gaining weight on the food-filled fun ship. (7) Download the Carnival Hub app before cruising to keep up with what’s happening once underway. (8) Consider the useful $5 onboard chat app, but remember it may go down several times. (9) Don’t expect much from the “value” internet—the mid-level plan—as it is rather slow, but it did allow daily uploads of pictures to Facebook. (10) Remember the cabin TV has ESPN (channel 10) when one turns on the TV. However, if one changes the channel and tries to go back to channel 10, it will be unavailable. Solution? Turn the TV off and on, and—voilà—ESPN. Read Less
We went on this cruise for our 25th wedding anniversary and thought it would be great for new years eve also. Overall it was a good cruise it's an older ship but kept up nice for the most part. Some bad sewer smells in some halls but not ... Read More
We went on this cruise for our 25th wedding anniversary and thought it would be great for new years eve also. Overall it was a good cruise it's an older ship but kept up nice for the most part. Some bad sewer smells in some halls but not in our room.
Now for the bad the crew was the worst i have ever seen in fact it was the first time i did not tip anyone over our prepaid gratuity.
no one went out of their way to be friendly or do any more then they had to. The fun crew was good Nono is a good cruise director.
The inteertament was very average at best not much to do between dinner and 11 o'clock.
The food was good but the portion size has gotten very small. The 2ed night in the MDR the chocolate melting cake was so under cooked you had to drink it our waiter said that's the way it's supposed to be. The first night we did the steak house the food was great but our waiter spoke such bad English we had no idea what we're where eaten. Read Less
In a word....FANTASTIC!
I would like to thank the Captain and the Crew for taking us safely from home port to home port....Thank You
A special thanks to the Cruise Director, NONO, she was amazing.....Thank You
The staff was ... Read More
In a word....FANTASTIC!
I would like to thank the Captain and the Crew for taking us safely from home port to home port....Thank You
A special thanks to the Cruise Director, NONO, she was amazing.....Thank You
The staff was amazing, from the Chefs to the wait staff to the clean up crews, all were very accommodating and courteous at ALL TIMES.
The food was good and plentiful. Was it excellent, no, but you could always find something to your liking. Except the Sea Food Shack...don't waste your money, food is terrible.
So just relax and have a good time.
Thank You Carnival for a wonderful and memorable NEW YEAR.
Easier boarding for Handicapped/ disabled passengers.
Easier de-boarding for handicapped/disabled passengers.
Better Signage on board the ship and at the Florida Port for handicapped/ disabled passengers. Better luggage handling for the handicapped/ disabled. More compliance with the ADA.
NO SMOKING in the Casino. Read Less
In general I would tend to give Carnival the benefit of the doubt, as it is nothing more or less than it aspires to be — a no-frills, inexpensive means of getting together with friends or family members while soaking in some sun. ... Read More
In general I would tend to give Carnival the benefit of the doubt, as it is nothing more or less than it aspires to be — a no-frills, inexpensive means of getting together with friends or family members while soaking in some sun. But this trip was just out of sync from the get go. It started with the luggage arriving nearly five hours after we boarded (we had priority boarding), and continued with the safety instructions, where the guy giving the presentation was routinely interrupted by the cruise director and the captain in a wholly uncoordinated manner (I know they’re not in the same room, but don’t they have any idea the other ones are talking?), and continued right until the end, when we rolled into port six hours late and missed our flights. The captain repeatedly mentioned that we can’t control Mother Nature (True Dat!), but with 36 hours of sea time to get back from an island just off the coast it seems like a little planning may have helped, and I think what was most irksome was the fact that they couldn’t even be bothered to keep us up to date, or to some extent manage expectations. Hence on the departure morning, after being kept awake all night by a *loud* fog horn that blasted every four or five minutes, the cruise director couldn’t even be bothered to tell us that we shouldn’t, as instructed, appear in the departure bay at 7 a.m., and that things would in fact be delayed by several hours. So we checked out of our rooms and sat in the departure area for several hours before hearing said announcement, at which point the persons waiting were pretty salty, and certainly not in a mood to be hectored by Cam the cruise director about being patient. Overall, just a real mess of an operation Read Less
Very Cheesy decor, vibe. Had to walk through smoke filled casino to get to certain parts of ship including kids game room. Not much for 10-14 year olds to do. Most hot tubs and the better pool didn’t allow under 18. The ones that did ... Read More
Very Cheesy decor, vibe. Had to walk through smoke filled casino to get to certain parts of ship including kids game room. Not much for 10-14 year olds to do. Most hot tubs and the better pool didn’t allow under 18. The ones that did were packed and unappealing. You get what you pay for (and less). Extra Charge for WiFi which doesn’t work. Pray there’s no emergency because muster drill unorganized, held on loud cramped deck so you can see or hear anything. Fitness center dark and weird, felt like you were working out inside a UFO. Cabins were comfortable enough, sit down dinner food not bad and waitstaff nice. Only other cruise I have been on was a Disney one which I now see was way worth the cost. No comparison between the two. While nothing terrible went wrong couldn’t wait to get of this boat- better to pay for higher end boat or cruise line for sure. Read Less
Took a friend who has never been on a cruise. Very disappointed! Our stateroom and most of the 2nd level hallway smelled musty kinda smelled like sewer. They ran multiple dryer fans in the hallway and gave us febreeze for our room! Find ... Read More
Took a friend who has never been on a cruise. Very disappointed! Our stateroom and most of the 2nd level hallway smelled musty kinda smelled like sewer. They ran multiple dryer fans in the hallway and gave us febreeze for our room! Find out after the cruise this has been a complaint by many others. There was rust around the pools...def needed painted in multiple areas. The pools and hot tubs all closed by 11 pm and so did the buffet. Only food you could get after 11 was pizza which was unless you like paper thin crust subpar. They ran out of ice cream on day 3 of the cruise. I would have rated this cruise a 1 if it hadn't been for the exceptional service we received by the staff at dinner. Couldn't have gotten better service there. 815 dining option wasn't the best of you wanted to watch any shows. Read Less
This was our first cruise. Since it was our first cruise, we have nothing to compare it to. We had a wonderful time and I feel we were taken care of. However, the food sucked. No other word for it. We got the social media WIFI plan and my ... Read More
This was our first cruise. Since it was our first cruise, we have nothing to compare it to. We had a wonderful time and I feel we were taken care of. However, the food sucked. No other word for it. We got the social media WIFI plan and my husband’s didn’t work the entire cruise. Mine halfway worked but I could not post a pic to Facebook to save my life. We were entertained by the shows and comedy. Once we pulled up in Nassau, we realized just how small this ship is. The ship next to us (I believe Royal Caribbean) towered us. As we spoke to others on board, they said it was the worst cruise ship they have ever been on. I guess we will find out because we definitely plan on taking another cruise soon. So, the food and ship size did not deter us from doing this again. Read Less
This year instead of gifts, we decided to take a family vacation. We did the 5 night Bahamas cruise out of Jacksonville, FL. I added the Faster to the Fun to our trip and it was worth the money. We never waited in very long lines to embark ... Read More
This year instead of gifts, we decided to take a family vacation. We did the 5 night Bahamas cruise out of Jacksonville, FL. I added the Faster to the Fun to our trip and it was worth the money. We never waited in very long lines to embark or disembark compared to other cruisers that did not have the service. It’s worth it...buy it! Carnival Elation was recently renovated and I was pleased with the ship. For a 20 year old ship, they did a great job updating it. Our cabin was G22 which is on Deck 14 by the putt putt course. It is an interior cabin with two twins converted to a king bed and a sofa bed for our 11 year old son. There were plenty of outlets in the room and USB plugs. We brought an extension cord but did not need it. The walls are not metal but the mirror is so we used magnets to decorate our mirror with garland and small Christmas stockings. I used a 3M hook to hang a Christmas decoration on our door. There is a clothes line in the bathroom that you can pull out to hang wet bathing suits. Our steward was wonderful, the towel animals each night were a fun surprise, and our room was comfortable. I left her a thank you with $2 each day on our bed and then gave her a little stocking on Christmas Day with $10 and a chocolate Santa. We loved dinner each night, skip the fried chicken the night they have it, it is dry. But definetly always get dessert. The chocolate lava cake, creme brûlée, and Bitter and Blanc, are worth the calories. Our waiters were fun and got our son up dancing each night. Do go to Sea Day Brunch, loved the steak and eggs and the eggs Benedict. My son wanted to eat Guys burgers and fries for lunch as much as possible. We had the Cheers drink package. My husband and I drank lattes, beer, milkshakes, mixed drinks, mimosas, cokes, and any thing we wanted any time. Once home, I did the math and we would have saved $200 by just buying drinks as we went instead of paying $600+ for the Cheers package. We will not get it again. We did the Sting Ray excursion at Half Moon Cay, our son loved it and for the price it was fun. In Nassau, we walked to Pirates Museum (worth it), John Watlings Rum (not much to it except to drink) Tiki Hut on the beach (cocunut experience is $6 and our son was thrilled) and did a little shopping. We ate on the ship that day since it was free and Nassau prices were too high. ($50 for 6 shrimp on a skewer and two beers.)We did not buy shirts in Nassau but waited until the last sea day and bought them on the ship. 2 for $20 that are much better quality than they sold in Nassau. The kids club was the most disappointing thing, it’s basically a room of babysitting with loud music, video games constantly and movies. Our son preferred the water slides and pool time so we didn’t leave him at Camp Ocean at all. We did bingo and the Christmas show, enjoyed both. I played trivia couple of times and enjoyed it. Christmas Day they had build a bear workshop and tons of kids of all ages bought a Bear. Our son got the stuffed penguin with a carnival shirt, swim trunks, and flip flops ($50 total) Not very impressed with the Fun Crew That leads a lot of the activities, they seemed bored and annoyed with questions. So I gave the trip a 4 due to that and the kids activities. But the question is did we like it so much we will go again...yes. I just booked the Turks and Caicos cruise on the same ship this summer 2019. We can’t wait to cruise on Elation again. We are familiar with the layout now and can find things easily. We will try other ships in the future but it happened that this ship leaves ports that are within driving distance for us. Our family has the cruise bug now! Read Less
We decided to treat ourselves to a little family R&R this Christmas after a difficult year, and thought a three-day trip to Nassau sounded like fun. And for the most part, it was. We took the Brightline from West Palm Beach to Miami ... Read More
We decided to treat ourselves to a little family R&R this Christmas after a difficult year, and thought a three-day trip to Nassau sounded like fun. And for the most part, it was. We took the Brightline from West Palm Beach to Miami (the three of us made the 75 minute trip for $100 round trip), but had a bit of trouble finding the shuttle, so we just Ubered over. (Tip #1: Finding public transport all the way to Miami Port is not realistic -- plan to taxi or Uber from the train station).
BOARDING: We arrived a bit early for our 12:00 boarding appointment. Wound up sitting in a lounge area for about an hour -- then discovered we could have checked in earlier. (Woops). But it was fun watching the other guest arrive and go onboard. The vast majority of guests on this cruise were African American or other ethnic minorities. (Tip #2.) We were seated at dinner with two single mothers and their teenage children -- they were very nice, and we got along. However, my husband would have liked other men to chat with.
CABIN: Our cabin steward met us in our state room within an hour of getting there (Tip #2: We had to wait about an hour after we got onboard to get to our room at 1:30), and immediately set to work getting extra towels and ice, and making up our daughter's bed from the pullout couch. We tipped her up front (and added a bag of chocolates), and this seemed to be greatly appreciated (we got a spa gift card)!
SEA SICK? We did not need Dramamine the whole time - we stayed on bottom floor near middle of ship, and could hardly tell the boat was moving. I was worried about being sea sick, and this was a nice surprise!
DINING: We ate in the main dining room (early seating) all three nights -- the food was great, the service attentive. The first night we had a problem when we discovered that we had misinterpreted the rules about wine in the dining room: Based on what I had read on CC and Carnival websites, I had understood that we would be charged $15 if the dining steward opened the wine for us. As it turns out, you will be charged the $15 if you even bring the wine into the dining room. We discussed this with the manager, and he insisted that this rule was firm. (Kind of pissed me off, since we had brought a cork screw for this purpose.) (Tip #3: If you want to avoid the cork fee, keep it in your room.)
One extremely pleasant surprise: at the brunch I had a slice of lemon cake (with glaze) that was superb -- just like my grandmother's signature poundcake, which I haven't tasted since she passed 15 years ago. The waiter saw how much I liked it and brought me three pieces!
We did try out the burger place (yum) and late-night pizza (double yum). The one thing I wish they'd had was a popcorn machine in the comedy club lounge. I suspect they would move more drinks if they had a few salty snacks! (Tip #4: Tried the Chop Sticks restaurant, but found that disappointing, very bland.)
ACTIVITIES/Shore Excursions: (Tip #5) The best way to get to Paradise Island/Atlantis from the dock is to go through the "Festival" building and make a sharp right. There you can get tickets for a water ferry that runs every 30 minutes for just $4 per person (each way.) The excursions can be a bit pricey. The Marina Village is pleasant -- just beware that (Tip #6) if you want to see the Aquarium at the Atlantis, it will set you back $40 or more. Apparently they greatly raised the rates from a few years ago.
We had hoped our daughter would want to spend some time in the Club O2 (15-17 year olds), but when we went up there wasn't much going on. Went up twice and didn't even see any staff in the club. Suggested that they focus on teen-friendly activities like the "Spa Pamper Party" my daughter attended, and loved. Maybe have a dedicated hot tub or pool for this age group.
SERVICE: The crew and staff we encountered were friendly and helpful. The singing and dancing wait staff in main dining room were a trip! There were just a couple of things that could have made the trip even more memorable:
(Tip #7: There is no chaplain or chapel, and no way to go to Mass on Sunday, which is a sea day -- I checked with customer service to see if any priests were registered, but they insisted that there was no way to know.)
(Tip #8: The Carnival APP is a great way to stay in touch with teenagers and other family members while onboard the ship -- though not on excursions. It would be great if they could find a way to include a way to contact customer service, room service, etc. through the App -- if there was a phone list for the different stations onboard, I must have missed it. I also suggested that Carnival might use the app to make general announcements … it is very difficult to hear the announcements from the Lido deck.)
DISEMBARKATION. (Tip #9) Even if you use Express Service (and carry all your bags with you rather than leave them outside your door on last night), it takes a while to unload the whole ship -- we had to be outside our staterooms at 8:30, and weren't called until close to 10:00. Once our level was called it went very quickly.
So … overall, I'd say it was a good value for what we paid, though I think we'll try another cruise line next year. I'd like to be able to use a hot tub without being assaulted with rap music. (The island beats were music enough for me!) Read Less