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Tim K

Age: 52

Occupation:Sales

Number of Cruises: 7

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Pride

Sailing Date: 2010-06-20

Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean

As this was my 7th cruise (all on Carnival) our group had a fantastic time. The ship was in very good condition except for a few minor maintenance issues. The crew was very responsive to our requests. The decor was fine, if you understand the Renaissance era you'll take the paintings and statuary in stride. The dining room Normandy was bright and cheerful. The Lido deck area was very Aquarian with blue accent light fixtures and mermaids, who could argue with that? The ship was full but wait times in food lines was minimal. Our family has already booked Carnival cruises for March and July 2011. We have no reason to change cruise lines.

The food in the Normanday room at both Breakfast and Dinner were great. A tasteful selection and a wait staff that goes out of their way to help make your experience a pleasant one. We had the most pleasant and efficient server on any cruise to date. Ludmila could'nt do enough for us and happily catered to our every request. I don't recall ever having a bad meal on a Carnival cruise and I've traveled all over the world for 30yrs eating in many restaurants.

We had a balcony cabin which was spacious and clean. Our cabin steward met our every expectation. All areas of the cabin were kept spotless. The balocony had plenty of room for our needs and truly gives you the total cruising experience.

There appeared to be plenty of activities for most everyone. The nightly shows in the Taj Mahal were fantastic. The costumes & performances were the best I've ever experienced. The fact that these performers can keep their footing with surging seas moving the ship from side to side and not missing a step still amazes me. The entire audience gave them a standing ovation every night. We also liked the ventriloquist act was also outstanding. I hope this is an event planned for every cruise. If anyone was bored on this cruise it is clearly their own fault.

Our excursions on Grand Turk & Freeport, Bahamas were great and not too expensive. One word of advice, we were hoping to take advantage of the Dolphin Experience in Freeport but both time slots were booked with a lengthly waiting list on top of that. One couple who did make this excursion booked it 4 months in advance and also said it was the best one they have been to and they had gone to many.

Our cruise trips encompass mostly family and number between 25 to 90 people. We started with one cruise and 9yrs later are still booking on Carnival. We always look at other cruise lines but our overall experience on Carnival keeps up coming back year after year. This trip on PRIDE took us to 3 new ports of call. We all had a great time on and off the ship. We enjoy our days at sea to help us relax and not be held to time constraints as ports of call do. The cost of sailing out of Baltimore was about 30% higher than it is in Florida not counting the cost of air fare. I think in the future we'll sail out of a Florida port. As far as recommending Carnival I say ABSOLUTELY !!!

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