It looks like I may just be taking my first Mexican Riviera cruise and the Carnival Pride is on the VERY short list of ships:
I need some first hand opinions from the Carnival experts and some answers from those who have sailed the Pride and other similar ships, on some specific questions?
1. Is the decor similar to the Carnival Legend and or the Miracle?
2. Are the "Cat 8C" "8G" extended balconies, that extended?
3. Are they still doing the nightly waiter dance?
4. Is the buffet layout the same as Legend or Miracle?
5. Does Carnival still do daily trivia?
6. Did you feel the supper club was worth it?
Please add any other responses you feel worthwhile.
Mike, I'm on the Pride Aug 31st, I've recently been assigned an 8G cabin, and everyone on here and on carnival site has confirmed that it is an extended cabin.
Last Sept on Carnival, the wait staffed sang and danced for us...
I can't wait to see what everyone else has to say about the Pride.
Btw... when are you going?
You didn't indicate when you planning this cruise but keep in mind the Mariner of the Seas is coming to our San Pedro port February 2009 and I would highly recommend that ship doing the same itinerary. I know it is a Voyager class ship with about 1000 more people but we never noticed or felt crowded. I don't have first hand knowledge of the Pride but we have done the Spirit and other Carnival ships. JMHO.
Teresa and Larry
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7 night Mexican Riviera
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7 night Eastern Caribbean
Mike, I sailed on the Pride in 2007 I absoutely loved this ship. It was wonderful from the moment I set foot on board. She had lovely decor in the Renaissance theme. The layout on the Spirit Class ships is so much easier to get around, a lot less confusing. The food and service were wonderful. Cabin steward was great. I took this cruise exactly 24 years after I sailed on Festivale out of Miami. Imagne my surprise when I discovered that my cabin steward was the same man I had on my first cruise in 1983. Imagine the odds of that happening. My only complaints were not with the ship but with the boarding process. I thought it was the most disorganised mess I had ever suffered. I cannot answer about the balconies we just had oceanview. They still did all those other things. I did not use the specialty dining. The buffet was much the same as the buffet layout on the Spirit. I do think all the spirit class ships were designed the same. I hope that elps. I loved that ship and I am booked on the repositioning cruise from LA to Miaml in March.
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Hey Cruznut... I'm glad you said that about the less confusing layout... because if I didn't know any better I could swear they were moving the elevators and stuff around on the Paradise last year....
As it turned out, they kinda did move a little... one deck I'd been on several times, suddenly turns in the photo gallery, and I was trying to figure out where it came from... I guess they lock the picture walls up until they are ready to start selling them etc...
Anyway, I can drive myself from here to wherever without getting lost, but put me in a casino or hospital I get so turned around....
I have booked the Pride for 11/16/08. It will be my daughter's first cruise. She will be accompany me. I booked an 8G extended balcony. I figure that since we'll be sharing the cabin I'll be spending a lot of time out there while she's getting ready and all that other stuff that girls do.
It will be fun.
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