Carnival Pride Review

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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.

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