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Old September 3rd, 2007, 01:30 PM
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Default Bad News!!! Pride Diverted to Catalina Island today

Due to Tropical Storm HENRIETTE, the Pride is currently in Catalina. Carnival currently has posted the following:
Carnival Pride September 2 departure - The ship will visit Catalina; San Diego and Ensenada
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You can see the Pride today in Catalina here: Click on Avalon Landing to Zoom in on the Pride

http://www.catalinaexpress.com/webcam.php

Use the pull down list to get to the Catalina Landing Cam to view it.

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Old September 3rd, 2007, 01:48 PM
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Default Re: Bad News!!! Pride Diverted to Catalina Island today

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Originally Posted by Wennfred
Due to Tropical Storm HENRIETTE, the Pride is currently in Catalina. Carnival currently has posted the following:
Carnival Pride September 2 departure - The ship will visit Catalina; San Diego and Ensenada
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You can see the Pride today in Catalina here: Click on Avalon Landing to Zoom in on the Pride

http://www.catalinaexpress.com/webcam.php

Use the pull down list to get to the Catalina Landing Cam to view it.

Fred

That's a real bummer, Fred. But what can ya do, given the situation?
I am sure plenty of passengers are gonna be pissed off, some at Carnival, some at God!
Catalina, San Diego and Ensenada, whilst all nice are NO substitute for Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. But as I said, what can one do?

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Old September 3rd, 2007, 11:12 PM
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I have actually been very fortunate about summer cruises. I have yet to have had one delayed or changed because of the storms.
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We were on the diverted Pride cruise and yes, many were disappointed and frustrated, but more at the choice of alternate ports than at the decision. I respect the decision NOT to sail into bad weather, of course.

However, we were never really given a good explanation of why those particular ports were chosen when there are so many wonderful alternates to the north.

Catalina is absolutely horrible, perhaps once it was beautiful, but now it is a small island of nothing but dead trees and extremely rude people.

San Diego is beautiful, but most had been there many many times, as we have. In fact, there were many who disembarked there as it is their home town, and they did not return.

Ensenada was also pretty bad, not much better than Tijuana.

We were very disappointed in the ports, but we tried to enjoy the beautiful ship and the chance for all of us to be together with some peaceful time.

The ship had some problems too, but nothing too major. I was a bit disappointed in the food, even in the dining room. Out of all the menu choices, I would only recommend the roast pumpkin soup, the prime rib and the melting cake.

The lobster was tough and overcooked, the filet mignon was overcooked even when ordered medium rare. The salads were only fair and the other entrees were less than desirable. The presentation was excellent, but the first bite was disappointing.

As far as the Lido deck food goes, oh well, it's a floating cafeteria and I didn't have to cook it myself, so i guess those are its good points.

Breakfast omelets were good if you had the patience to wait.

Drinks were good most of the time.

The weather in the places we DID go was OK. One major disappointment was formal night being the night of our first day at sea and the air conditioning onboard was not working well that day, so many showed up for formal night pics all sweaty and limp.. But what are you going to do.

We were all so tired that day anyway from being up all night. Someone had raised the alarm that they saw a person go overboard and the ship spent the night doing figure eights with search lights, the Coast Guard was hovering with lights and the cabin stewards were coming into each cabin doing head count. Made for a restless night, but was necessary. No one was missing, but it took all night to be certain all souls were on board.

Our trip turned out to be a good one, because we made up our minds it would be, however, there are several areas where Carnival could improve.

Cabin stewards were great, A+++
Dining room staff, same A+++

Casino staff, wonderful and friendly A++

Purser’s desk, lots of improvement needed there, several of them very rude and not helpful at all.

The best feature concerning the onboard staff was that there were so many nationalities represented. Out of 900+ staff, only 6 are American, and those from other countries shared their heritage and family stories with us and that was very interesting.

The ship is very clean and nicely decorated; the food is only mediocre for the most part but served very well.

Entertainment is good and the shops are good.

I still think the compensation could have been a bit more fair. Everyone gets the same $100 credit, and the same 25% on next cruise, no matter what cabin category you paid for on this one. And that 25% off next cruise is ONLY on select cruise itineraries and cabin categories. And we were only given 10 minutes at the terminal to decide whether to take this compensation and go ahead on the "cruise to nowhere" or go home and get only a reimbursement of the actual cruise fare.

Most of the other passengers we spoke with were not sure they would even use the credit for another cruise, as they were so disappointed in the choice of alternate ports. This cruise, when diverted in the past, has normally cruised north up the coast to San Fran, Seattle or even Van Couver. We just bobbed around in a circle like a cork for seven days, often at only 1-2 knots.

For us, our drive to the airport was longer than our entire cruise, mileage wise.

Overall, I personally can only rate our own experience and at that can only give a rating of FAIR.

We learned several valuable lessons, though, on our first cruise experience.

For us, we will never cruise out of California again, as we may get stuck there and it's our very least favorite place to be.

Don't ever cruise in the late summer or fall because if you do end up diverted due a storm, most everyone will act as if you deserve it because of your choice of the time of year. We made that choice due to work schedules and because we felt like there would be fewer children on board.
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For us, we will never cruise out of California again, as we may get stuck there and it's our very least favorite place to be.
Great review, thanks for taking the time to write it.

The best time to cruise out of California is during the Non-Hurricane months, we go out from March - May, never a problem with getting diverted.


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