Number of Cruises: 1
Cruise Line: Carnival
Ship: Carnival Pride
Sailing Date: December 16th, 2007
Itinerary: Mexican Riviera
Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Pride Cruise Review
Our family of four recently (December 16,
2007) took a 7-Day Mexican Riviera cruise out of Long Beach, California. It was
our first cruise experience. We knew to expect a lot of food and things to do
from speaking to friends who has cruised before.
Starting with the positives, I would say the activities and food exceeded our expectations. We don’t generally appreciate buffet-style meals but on this cruise, we found the quality of the food served was quite good. I did have a problem thinking about all the waste though.
Since it was our first time, I thought we might get bored on the ship but on the contrary, there is so much to do! And, part of vacationing is doing nothing which I found that there were really quiet beautiful places on the ship that you could just sit and enjoy the ocean, a good book, thinking about nothing, etc. But, of course if you wanted to keep busy, there are lots to do.
Service is great. Our dining room staff was especially friendly. We got to know them well. The surprising thing about the staff that I didn’t know until I was on the ship is that they are from all around the world. While I appreciated their personal stories (because we asked), I also felt a sense of sadness for their situation-being on board for seven months without seeing families. On the other hand, one staff said he loves his job.
Ending with the negatives, I would say our room was horrible. I didn’t have a good night sleep except for one night (the wine helped). We were on the 8th floor of the Carnival Pride ship which was below the eating area. I was thoroughly disappointed because at the time that we booked, we were “upgraded” because of the special going on at the time. Our cabin had an extended balcony. The problem was not the foot traffic but it was something else that made noises in the ceiling. At times, it sounded like there was a bird or mouse running back and forth with little feet and nails. At other times, it sounded like a loose piece of heavy cloth flapping in the wind and tapping against the ceiling. My husband and I were really bothered by the constant noise. We complained every night and the staff was accommodating, extending another cabin on another floor that only sleeps two so that was not an acceptable solution.
All in all, I would cruise again. Next time, I will book early in order to select the right room-mid ship horizontally and vertically.