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Dorcas Bethel

Age: 42

Occupation:Social Worker

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Pride

Sailing Date: 01-25-2009

Itinerary: Mexican Riviera

The cruise was relaxing. Overall it was so-so. The staff was friendly and hard working. It just was not as fun as I thought it would be. Carnival could have actually improved my cruise experience most easily by not raising such high expectations - portray the Pride as a place to relax and do nothing as opposed to a fun ship. The food was usually excellent, though the jerk sauce tasted suspiciously like dressed up teriyaki sauce. Do not order the diet pumpkin pie: There was no sugar substitute and it quivers like gelatin. The wait staff works very hard and aims to please. The staterooms are beautifully decorated and the staff works hard at keeping them clean. In my opinion, there was not much to do on the Carnival Pride. On most afternoons, I took a nap after lunch. CNN and the local Denver News were quite interesting as were the documentaries on the discovery channel. I also completed three books. There was bingo, and bean bag throwing. People did dance up on the pool deck. The entertainment was good. I choose to go to the museums and art gallaries. I highly recommend the museums in Malatzan. I sailed on the Carnival Pride from 1/25/2009 through 2/1/2009. I had wanted to rest and had been concerned that I would be over run by the continuous party. Carnival's website lead me to believe that there would be lots of fascinating activities and a continual party on a beautiful ship. I would spend my afternoons in a floating water park. The website did not detail what these fascinating activities would be and I should have picked up on that. The positives are written above. What was less than praiseworthy: THE MUSTER DRILL PROCESS - The guests were mustered to four stations for over a thousand guests. There must have been at least 300 people in each section. There was no roll call of cabins. No one was assigned to a boat. There was not introduction of muster station captains. Carnival claimed that in the event of an emergency, children were supposed to be put aboard the same boat as their parents. This is not possible if the family was not previously assigned to a boat. The time to sort families out is NOT when the ship is in the process of sinking. The lack of a roll call in muster procedure could be life threatening to single travelers. If one is traveling with a companion, that companion might well notice if you are not found as three hundred passengers are lining up to get into the life boats. A single passenger could be unconscious somewhere in the ship and no one would (quickly) notice that that person was missing. Should we forget that there would also be the added element of getting all the crew into the boats as well? I can imagine an unconscious single passenger being left because the muster captain was busy dealing with the hundreds that showed up. I have complained to Carnival's corporate office and I hope that they will address these deficiencies in the muster drill. This really is my biggest complaint about the cruise. The Captain's cocktail party was like being in church - only with alcohol and second rate hors d'oeuvres. Trust me: it was not an improvement. We all sat facing forward in the main auditorium and did not circulate. There is more circulation and conversation in the churches I have attended every Sunday since childhood. The water park pictured on Carnival's website is not on the Carnival Pride. The Pride had only one waterslide and it was open from only 3:00 through 5:00 daily. The swimming pool was about three times the size of the hot tub and that is being generous.

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