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Heather

Age: 23

Occupation:Ultrasound Technologist

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Pride

Sailing Date: 2010-10-24

Itinerary: Bahamas

My husband and I went on a cruise to celebrate our 1st year wedding anniversary. This was my first time cruising and the experience wasn't as enjoyable as I expected. I don't know if maybe my expectations were set a little high since this was my first time cruising but I felt the Carnival Pride was definitely under par. I was told for the most part I wouldn't experience any movement or swaying from the ship especially since I consider myself to have a pretty strong stomach. Well, Dramamine and Advil were my best friends for the entire cruise!!!!! My husband and I had a suite off the back of the ship and we thought maybe we were getting a lot of vibrations and such from that but no it was everywhere! The boat was not smooth sailing at all!! Getting ready was difficult because you couldn't stand still, I have the curling iron burns to prove it, at dinner plates clanged together and water swayed in your glass. I was not expecting that much movement at all. You couldn't get away from it, it was constant. I felt it was the worst at night because I felt like my bed was in the middle of the ocean....I could feel myself moving back and forth and back and forth....ugh...sickening!! As for the decor of the ship....very odd....it goes from bad Chinese buffett decor to Taj Mahal decor....to Victorian elegance....to weird and dark Mediterranean decor. The casino was western themed....the main dining area reminded me of a Chinese buffett.....the main show room was a Taj Mahal theme.....and as for everything else, just odd. Overall, we had a great time though. Yes the boat was a little rocky, the food not so great, and the decor a little off but it was our vacation and we had a great time!! If your looking for a fabulous and elegant cruising experience, you won't find it on the Carnival Pride but if you are looking for a budget friendly, family vacation...this is your cruise.

The buffet food for breakfast, lunch or dinner was so-so. They usually had a pretty good variety of food but of average quality. It was your typical buffet food....hit or miss. The 24 hour pizza place was again so-so. It wasn't the greatest pizza I've had but it would suffice for a late night snack, even if it was cold half of the time. The ice cream bar wasn't really a bar....you could get a plain old ice cream cone\cup anytime but the toppings were only out certain times. The main dining room food was your best bet....it was far better than the buffet food but nothing really to write home about. Even though it wasn't the greatest it was the meal I looked forward to it because it was the best food of the day. However, from the Carnival Classics dessert menu, I recommend the Chocolate Melting Cake....to die for!!

Our stateroom was a vista suite off the back of the ship. We upgraded from a balcony room right before the cruise. It did seem a little dated as far as the decor but had mice flat screen tv's and a comfy bed (even when it was rocky). It was nice to have a separate bedroom but the whole suite was very "cut-up." You walked into a narrow hallway with a bar to one side that lead to a very small sitting area with a tv. Past that there was a small powder room to get ready, the bathroom, and a small walkway back to the bedroom. It was nice to have the extra space but I feel they could have made even more space in the room by eliminating the powder room.....it took away a lot of space and made the room feel very cut-up. The wrap-around balcony was awesome though. It was soo nice some afternoons we would skip the deck and lay right on our balcony. It was plenty big (two lounge chairs and 3 sitting chairs) to relax on your own private balcony.

There were plenty of activities at any time of the day. BINGO, comedy, demonstrations, dancing, talent, game shows....so much to do. They had activities for everyone...kids...adults...newlyweds....older couples....something suited everyone. The staff was great at interacting with everyone....there is nothing to complain about here!!

We really enjoyed swimming with the dolphins in Freeport. We had a great time!! I wouldn't recommend it for anyone who is timid to jump right in the water with the dolphins though. Definitely a great time....a little pricy since you don't get much time with the dolphins but we really enjoyed it.

I also recommend to dine at David's Steakhouse one night. It is an extra expense, about $30 per person, but totally worth it!! It is a 5 course dining experience. The food was INCREDIBLE and the service spectacular!!! We had such a good time doing this and would recommend it to everyone.

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