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Carnival Pride Cruise Ship

Updated on May 7, 2015
Carnival Pride
Carnival Pride | Source

Cruise Terminology

This article is part of a series showcasing cruise ships on the seven seas. Before we begin, we'll do a quick overview of cruise terms - to help you better understand the maritime terms which come with describing cruise ships.

Gross Tonnage: Gross tonnage is the standard measurement of size of ship in the cruise industry. Despite the sound of its meaning, a gross tonnage is actually a measure of interior volume of space onboard, rather than actual ship weight. 1 gross ton is equal to 100 cubic feet of interior volume.

Knots: A knot is the standard speed measurement of a cruise ship, or any maritime vessel for that matter. One knot is equal to one nautical mile per hour (a nautical mile being 6076 feet, rather than 5280 for land miles) 1 knot is roughly equivalent to 1.15 mph.

Beam: The width of the ship, measured in feet or meters.

Draft: The depth of the ship below the waterline. If diving underneath a vessel, this is how deep you would need to dive to reach the keel (bottom) of the vessel.

Guest Capacity (Double Occupancy) - Measured in terms of 2 guests per stateroom. Maximum capacity is a different measurement which is a function of the exact lifeboat capacity onboard. I.e., a cruise ship is not permitted to sail with a full guest and crew count which exceeds the lifeboat spaces available.

Carnival Pride Statistics

Gross Tonnage: 86,000

Guest Capacity: 2,124

Length: 963 ft

Beam: 106 ft

Crew: 930

Year Built: 2002

Shipyard: Kvaerner Masa-Yards Helsinki, Finland

Ship Class: Spirit Class

Cost: $375 Million USD

Carnival Pride Atrium
Carnival Pride Atrium | Source

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Onboard Theme

All of Carnival's ships have a unique theme in each public space, designed around the central concept of the vessel. Though vessels built in the same ship class have similar deck plans, no two ships in the Carnival fleet have the same interior design. The Carnival Pride's central concept is Icons of Beauty. To be more specific, you'll be seeing many styles which slide into the theming of the Italian Renaissance, though there are plenty additional motifs onboard.

Step into the Renaissance Atrium and you'll feel like you've perhaps stepped back in time. The ship's atrium spans one of the lowest guest decks all the way to the top, with a red glass dome, shining hues of red and purple inside the atrium throughout the day. Three glass elevators will transport you through the main lower decks all the way up to the lido deck where you'll find the pool and buffet.

Up top, you'll find David's supper club, the premium restaurant onboard which offers sweeping views of the sea and a complete replica of the Florentine statue of David. One deck below, you'll find mermaid's grill, sticking with the theme of beauty at sea. This is the buffet serving up meals at all hours of the day. Moving into the main areas of the ship, you'll find the Taj Mahal show lounge - the 3 deck high main theater onboard. As the name suggests, this theater is themed with the Taj Mahal in mind, complete with ornate, blue chandeliers and Arabic highlights.

Heading aft, you'll find beauties dance club and the Normandie Restaurant - the main dining room onboard named after the famous ocean liner. Each space onboard is unique and offers a new surprise which really makes exploring the ship a lot of fun.

Balcony Stateroom
Balcony Stateroom | Source

Staterooms

Stateroom categories range from interior (no windows, though cozy), to ocean view, verandah (balcony) and of course, suites. There are many categories to choose from. Keep in mind, when booking you can either have the ship select the room for you, or you can do it yourself. The ship will often provide free upgraded categories (from my experience) if you let them choose - which is a nice bonus.

However, if you do want to select, you'd want to shoot for a room close to one of the major elevator banks and ideally low and center if you are prone to motion sickness and would like the least vibration. Any room however will suit you well as guest rooms are not located in the very noisy and heavy motion areas. That's reserved for the crew!

Sailing Onboard

This industry is based heavily on seasonality. That is, if you are looking for the lowest-priced cruises, you'll want to shoot for an off-peak voyage. (Generally Fall and Winter Sailings) If your travel schedule is limited and you don't mind paying the extra price tag, sailing during peak times is great. (Summer, Spring Break and Major Holidays)

Keep in mind the cruise fare you pay generally determines the stature of your fellow guests. Pricey cruise? Expect elegant travelers. Cheap cruise? Expect college students and retirees. Of course every sailing does have a good mix and you can always find fellow cruisers with similar tastes in mind, given the number of guests sailing onboard.

Looking for the deck plans? Check out this official page from Carnival

If you are looking for current pricing and availability for a cruise, Carnival's site offers up the latest information at Carnival.com. Keep in mind the ships do relocate often so any specific itinerary for this ship will change with time.

Bon Voyage!

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