Carnival Pride Cruise Ship
As soon as you step on board the Carnival Pride you know that you are in for a fabulous cruise. This 963 ft cruise ship is an excellent choice for families. Aboard ship you will find 1,062 passenger cabins, 11 bars and lounges, 4 swimming pools and 5 hot tubs. Cliché but there really is something for everyone aboard this cruise ship.
Our family of 5 took our first cruise on Carnival Pride in 2008 when she was sailing out of Long Beach down to Mexico. The Pride has since been moved to Baltimore and is now sailing around the Bahamas.
Take a tour around the ship and find out whether you will agree that the Pride is one of the best ships in the Carnival fleet.
Carnival Pride Ship Design
The theme of the interior design of the ship is Beauty. Joe Farcus,Carnival's interior designer certainly created a beautiful ship. It has to be said that the look of the public spaces in the ship is not to everyone's taste but personally I thought it was stunning. The style is a combination of many influences including Renaissance Europe,Ancient Greece and even Victorian England. Huge reproduction works of art adorn the walls. Some of which are of naked ladies and you will find reproduction Greek statues (who else could welcome you to David's Steak House).
The central atrium soars eight decks and is the focal point for the ship. My kids loved going up and down in the elevators. The artistic theme is present all around the ship and the attention to detail is excellent. There aren't many places in the world you will find copes of the works of Matisse in the elevators.
Carnival Pride Cruise Ship Cabins
You may be surprised at the space and tasteful décor in the cabins on the Carnival Pride. For us the quality of the cabin is a big part of our cruise experience and we were certainly very pleased with our balcony cabin. As we are a family of 5 we also had an inside cabin across the hall.
The design of the staterooms worked really well. The beds were exceptionally comfortable with good quality linens. When you cruise it is very important to have a good cabin design to make good use of the space - and Carnival Pride certainly gets full marks for this. The bathroom was spacious will plenty of room to put things in the vanity area. The cupboard space was also very good. And the nice quality bathrobes were a nice touch.
We particularly enjoyed the nightly turn down service. Always a treat to arrive back in the room in the evening and find the new towel animal!
The Pride has 6 different categories of cabin and 20 different price categories. The choice is Interior Staterooms (no window),Outside View with a window,Outside View with balcony,Deluxe Outside with balcony and Suite Staterooms. There are some connecting cabins available for families.
Carnival Pride Restaurant Dining
I have to admit that I was very pleasantly surprised by the dining experience in the main restaurant of Carnival Pride. In a ship which caters for around 1000 diners at any one sitting the Normandie Restaurant succeeds remarkably well. You can choose from either the 6pm or 8.15pm seating. As we have young children we chose the earlier seating.
Carnival has also just introduced Your Time Dining. The idea is that you go to the dining room any time between 5.45 and 9.30 to request a table for any size you want. You will then be seated as soon as possible. We are looking forward to trying out this option on our next Carnival ship sailing.
The first thing to say is that the restaurant is huge. Arranged on 2 floors with tables for 2,4,6 and 8 guests. But somehow the design of the restaurant does not feel overwhelming. You have your own space and the tables and booths are spaced well apart.
The food is of a very high standard. Plenty of choice including a low calorie menu which has nutritional information detailed for you. Waiters are always happy to suggest particular items and also bring alternatives if you do not enjoy your first choice.
We found the wait staff exceptional. This was one thing which really stood out. We dine out regularly with our children and on our trips on the Pride I would say that we have experienced some of the best service we have encountered anywhere. The waiters for dinner are assigned to your table for the duration of the cruise. This means that they get to know your preferences. The children absolutely loved them and looked forward to seeing them each evening.
The atmosphere in the dining room is relaxed. I carried on the 'Fun' philosophy of the cruise without overstepping the line! Somehow it is fine to have the waiters dancing and singing in such an elegantly designed setting.
Dress in the restaurant is informal most nights. But on 7 night sailings there are usually 2 formal nights. A great excuse to dress up a little and of course lobster tail is on the menu....
Carnival Pride David's Supper Club
David's Steakhouse is the fine dining restaurant on the Pride. You need to book ahead and there is a supplemental charge of $30 per head. You can reserve a table between 6pm and 8.30pm. The restaurant does get fully booked so it is a good idea to book at least 2 weeks ahead of time which you can do online or by calling Carnival.
The choice is excellent - from succulent steaks to broiled lobster. Although the food in the Normandie Restaurant is very good it is a great idea to dine at David's at least once. Most of the diners rate it very highly.
Mermaid's Grille Buffet
You will find Mermaid's Grille Buffet located on Lido Deck 9 on the ship. There are plenty of choices here with salad selections located at the back of the buffet and several hot buffet stations towards the middle.
For buffet food it is generally pretty good. There are different regional themes to the hot stations. Some were certainly better than others! There is a large and varied selection of options. Yes the buffet stations did get crowded at times but that is only to be expected. To avoid the lines try to eat early or late.
One of the best and most popular stations is the sandwich station. This serves freshly made sandwiches.
The 24 Hour Pizzeria serves very good pizza and salads. My kids really loved this. Almost as much as the 24 Hour Ice Cream!
Self serve beverages are available. The coffee was, as is perhaps to be expected, pretty bad! But if you are a coffee lover then there is a coffee bar in the buffet serving lattes,cappuccinos and the usual favorites for a reasonable extra charge.
Carnival Pride Room Service Dining
Room service is available 24 hours a day. It was certainly very efficient with food arriving quickly. But the menu is disappointingly limited. For lunch and dinner sandwiches and salads are available, but no hot food.
Room service breakfast was particularly good though. You order the night before by leaving a card on your door. It was lovely waking up to room service breakfast and eating out on the balcony watching the world go by. It is a continental breakfast. One favorite was the smoked salmon.
Camp Carnival was a bug reason why we chose the Pride. We have a 2 year old and Carnival is one of the few cruise lines which take children at this age. The whole family was very happy with the Camp. As a parent I felt confident leaving the children with the counselors, and the children wanted to spend all their time there!
Camp Carnival splits children into these age groups:
- Toddlers, Ages 2-5
- Juniors, Ages 6-8
- Intermediates, Ages 9-11
- Teens, Ages 12-14
- Teens, Ages 15-17
Carnival Pride Entertainment
The huge 1,170 seat Taj Mahal show lounge is the place for nightly entertainment and daily activities. There were plenty of things to do during the day including of course the ever popular bingo.
The shows in the evening were pretty good - nothing stunning but certainly a good way to while away a relaxing evening. There were 2 shows each night to accommodate both early and late seating in the restaurant. For the best views the upper levels seemed to give a better view of the stage.
Carnival Pride Stats
Tonnage:88,500 gross register ton (GRT)
Length:963 ft (294 m)
Beam:106 ft (32 m)
Draft:25.5 ft (7.8 m
Speed:22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)
Carnival Pride Pools And Recreation
There are 4 swimming pools and 5 hot tubs on board the Carnival Pride ship. One of the two centrally located pools on the Lido Deck can be used in the cooler weather as it has a retractable roof. There is an adults only pool, and a (very small) children's pool.
One popular spot was the water slide. The is 2 decks high located on an aft upper deck. It is a lot of fun to climb up that high over the ship!
The Pride also has mini golf,a jogging track,and you can even take golf lessons with the resident pro.