Carnival Pride by Len C.
January 9, 2002
In one word FANTASTIC! The new Pride is a great addition to the Carnival fleet. Not the typical neon and glitz like on most of the Carnival ships. The Pride has a more artistic decor from the moment you walk on board into the Renaissance lobby.
EMBARKATION: We arrived at Port Canaveral around 11:30 docs said boarding would begin at 12:30 however we were processed and on board within an hour. Very smooth and well organized.
CABIN: Verandah Deck 7241 (cat.8F) cabin was well appointed and roomy with a private balcony. Classy wooden textures, tan/beige colored bedding and curtains. Ample closet space. Mini bar fridge. Sofa with oval table. Bath was standard size aqua blue color vanity with 4 glass shelves on both sides of the mirror. There is a hair dryer in the first right side drawer of the desk/make up mirror area in the cabin. Was very pleased with the cabin overall.
PUBLIC AREAS: Too many to mention, but you never feel crowded since there are so many areas to choose from. The Winners Club casino was fairly large for a ship casino, Taj Mahal showroom was large with two levels main area on the Promenade deck 2 and the balcony level on Atlantic deck 3 the white walls were 'jeweled' with colored glass that looked like 'gems' very nice! Starry Night lounge was small, but nice for the karaoke show we saw. There are 3 pools to choose from on the Lido deck 9, aft is the Poseidon, mid ship you will find the Venus & Apollo pool areas. ALL the public areas were beautiful and always kept clean.
DINING: Main restaurant is the Normandie located aft 2-levels main is on the Promenade deck 2 and the upper level on Atlantic deck 3. Food was very good much better than other Carnival cruises I had been on. The dining room staff was excellent! Ken the Maitre D' (from Ireland) was super! His singing at the end of dinner every night was fantastic along with the entire dining room staff participation in a dance act! VERY ENJOYABLE! Other dining options is the Mermaids Grille located on the Lido deck 9, fine buffet style with several stations each serving something different from salads to deli sandwiches, hot selections and of course 'sweets'! We ate breakfast and lunch in Mermaids here is where you will find the 24 hour pizza too! Lastly there is David's Supper Club on the Sun deck 10, since this was a short cruise we opted not to dine here, it did look very nice when you enter there is a statue of David under the red-glass ceiling which forms the lower part of the ships funnel. Food and service in all the venues was EXCELLENT!
ENTERTAINMENT: We saw both shows in the Taj Mahal showroom first night was "Wonderful World" dancing and singing acts with costumes and themes from around the world very nice. Last night was "Vroom" a Las Vegas type show with singing and dancing acts to Elvis, Beatles, Madonna, etc. music I thought this show was just ok? However I do compliment the entertainers the costumes and stage settings were impressive!
Well I am sure I can go on and on here, but I just wanted to touch on a few HIGHLIGHTS of my experience on the Pride. We had a FANTASTIC short cruise and met some wonderful people on board! I would not hesitate to sail her again! If anyone has a question please feel free to email me. Bon Voyage!