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Carnival Cruise Lines: Carnival Pride

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Carnival Pride Review

The second ship in the Spirit-class, Carnival Pride entered service in 2001 and is on track for a major refurbishment in 2013 when she will receive Carnival’s "Fun Ship 2.0" upgrades with new casual dining options, poolside bars, and more features. From

her year-round northeastern home port in Baltimore, one of Carnival Cruise Lines’ “racehorses” Carnival Pride sets sail weekly for voyages to the Bahamas and Eastern Caribbean.

Spirit-class vessels may seem to be a throwback in size, but these sleek ships have the advantage of fitting through the Panama Canal and, with their additional length, include all the trademark characteristics of their larger fleet mates. They're also racehorses with the speed to reach far-flung destinations. Carnival Spirit—for which the class is named—makes its home port in Australia, primarily serving the Australian and New Zealand markets.

A rosy red skylight in the front bulkhead of the funnel—which houses the reservations-only upscale steak house—caps a soaring, 11-deck atrium. Lovely chapels are available for weddings, either upon embarkation or while in a port of call, and are also used for occasional shipboard religious services.

The upper and lower interior promenade decks are unhampered by a mid-ship restaurant or galley, which means that passenger flow throughout the ships is much improved over earlier, and even subsequent, designs.

The world's largest cruise line originated the Fun Ship concept in 1972 with the relaunch of an aging ocean liner, which got stuck on a sandbar during its maiden voyage. In true entrepreneurial spirit, founder Ted Arison shrugged off an inauspicious beginning to introduce superliners a decade later. Sporting red-white-and-blue flared funnels, which are easily recognized from afar, new ships are continuously added to the fleet and rarely deviate from a successful pattern. If you find something you like on one vessel, you're likely to find something similar on another.

Each vessel features themed public rooms, ranging from ancient Egypt to futuristic motifs, although many of those elements are being replaced with a more tropical decor as older ships are upgraded. Carnival is also introducing features either branded by the line itself, such as the poolside Blue Iguana Tequila Bar with an adjacent burrito cantina and the Red Frog Rum Bar that also serves Carnival’s own brand of Thirsty Frog Red beer, or in partnership with well known brands, such as EA SPORTS to create EA SPORTS Bars at sea and Guy’s Burger Joint, in partnership with Food Network star Guy Fieri. Implementation of the new features is scheduled for completion in 2015.

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Pros

  • The enclosed space located forward on the promenade deck is quiet and good for reading
  • For relaxation, his-and-hers saunas and steam rooms have glass walls and sea views
  • Complimentary self-serve ice-cream dispensers are on the Lido deck

Cons

  • These are long ships, and some cabins are quite far from elevators
  • Connecting staterooms are relatively scarce
  • The video arcade is almost hidden at the forward end of the ship
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 930
  • Entered Service 2001
  • Gross Tons 88,500
  • Length 960 feet
  • Number of Cabins 1,062
  • Passenger Capacity 2,124 (2,667 max)
  • Width 105.7 feet
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Mar 2, 2017

Review of Carnival Pride

Wendy Dael Age: 40 Occupation:Client Services Number of Cruises: 2 Cruise Line: Carnival Ship: Carnival Pride Sailing Date: 2017-02-21 Itinerary: cruise Sandor at the Sky Box Bar was the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Feb 21, 2017

cruise

Sandor at the Sky Box Bar was the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Oct 2, 2016

bahamas

I have been on this ship 5 times but I think this will be my last time.Maintenance seems to be lacking,lots of rust everywhere you look.The dividers between the balcony railings are falling off etc.Service in the dining room fair to poor along with food quality.Entertainment was below average.I loved the last 4 cruises on this ship,what a shame that this great ship has come to this fair to average food clean but dated cabin average

shows and activities just ok cruise. had better

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By JEB0114

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Sep 23, 2015

High Value

Initial misgivings about food gave way to an overall enjoyable experience. I would not recommend the Steakhouse (upcharge), where the steaks we were served did not match the ones we were shown. But dinners in dining room were good, as long as we ordered comfort food style dishes. Comedy Club is great. See my full review at http://johnbatchelordiningandtravel.blogspot.com/2015/01/a-carnival-cruise-in-western-caribbean.html

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Jan 20, 2015

caribbean

having cruised with a lot of major cruise lines in UK, had an offer for this cruise from travel company we use, cruise was good value, food was good, only a few minor gripes but not worth losing sleep over. Had read several negative reviews about this ship so we were very cautious, but glad to say we didn't really find anything to back up most of the gripes of others, we strongly believe it is what you make of it. food was good, good choice,

plenty of places to eat with a range to suit most tastes. Stateroom was standard type with extended balcony, we found the stateroom to be cooler than we would have liked, thermostat did not make any difference, reported to front desk but was told that it was between 72/74 (couldn't argue as we didn't have a room thermometer with us) and they had no heaters on ship, but didn't really bother us. Otherwise exactly as expected, we found the shows put on by the 8 singers and dancers to be very good, did not really go for the other on board activities. we used deck 4 to enter the Taj Mahal theatre and had to try several seats before we found the ones without pillars or the top of glass screens getting in the way of your view, in fact it was entertaining in itself to watch people come in and change seats several times. The cruise director on our cruise was Skip and we found him very good and entertaining, not overpowering as some that we have experienced. only done 1 excursion, so can't really comment on them Having flown in from London Gatwick the day before, our transfer meant we arrived earlier than requested at port but this was not a problem, boarding was as good as any others we have experienced(in fact better than some). Ship was clean, a lot has been said in other reviews about the decor and artwork around the ship but we did not find anything offensive about it. All crew and staff were good, we did not have any of the concerns about the buffet area as other critics have mentioned. We took this break as a relaxing week away from the British winter and to get some welcome sunshine, which is exactly what we got. With Carnival you get what you pay for.

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