Number of Cruises: 6
Cruise Line: Carnival
Ship: Carnival Pride
Sailing Date: October 5th, 2003
Itinerary: Mexican Riviera
Service was certainly not up to par compared to other cruises I've taken. The itinerary was changed due to the weather, you would think the crew would give a little extra given the circumstances, but in fact, there is not one instance in which I remember anyone going out of their way.
Food was ok, not the top quality or presentation you would expect, loud dining room, adequate serving staff, not outstanding in any way. Also, they expect you to tip the maitre'd, and most people never even knew who this guy was. The food in the buffet style restaurant up on top deck was not good at all. Same breakfast every day, no variety, boring and not tasty or appetizing. The service up there was terrible.
I have to say the entertainment was good. Very professionally done and actually quite enjoyable.
Tipping policy completely caught people by surprise. They automatically add gratuities on your sign and sail card, prior to even setting sail.
There were too many announcements, extremely annoying...all day long, trying to sell you some thing or another. The cruise director was ALWAYS on the loud speaker, let us relax, people were saying.
Embarkation and Disembarkation was fairly easy, however we were in the skipper club, whatever that means...I think priority boarding due to the category we booked.
As for the stateroom, Category 11 is great. If you cruise any one of these Spirit class ships, shoot for a balcony or suite, it's worth the extra. And last but not least, the ship itself if very nice, alot of amenities, beautifully decorated and very easy to get around.