The Carnival Pride - Western Itinerary
Sailing Date: January 19, 2002 through January 25, 2002
Itinerary: Leaving Port Canaveral to Key West; Playa del Carmen,
MX; Cozumel, MX; Belize City, Belize; Progreso (Merida), MX
Carnival cruise ship Pride is, indeed, a change from
the Carnival ships we have boarded over the years.
She was as elegant a ship as we have ever cruised.
The staterooms were well appointed. We had a suite,
Category 11, which had walk in closets and a beautiful
his/her vanity. I felt it was overpriced and had we
not received vouchers for the cancellation of our
ship out of New York in September, we would not have
reserved such accommodations. However, since we were
not refunded the money but were given vouchers, instead,
I decided to spend it all!!
have been told the Victory and the Triumph are lovely
ships as well. We will be boarding the Triumph in
September out of New York Harbor. We were to have
boarded the Victory last September. The Pride's decor
is definitely for adult comfort. I honestly hope children
don't tear the ship up. Although Carnival has the
Carnival Camp for children on all it's ships, I feel
the atmosphere of this ship is not for children. .
A few pictures we took
are below with captions. E-mail me if you have questions.
decor of the ship was elegant. You were almost enchanted
with the mahogany and marble all around you. These
marble stairs led up to the arcade of shops on both
sides of a wide walkway.||
dining room was two-tierd. We were initially assigned
the Captains dining room since we booked a Category
11 but we asked to be changed to the formal dining
room and a table for two. They assigned us a table
over the balcony.
sports bar was lavish yet comfortable. There is a
big section behind Jack that has tables and booths
all with a view of several tv monitors. The ship provides
passengers with all the sports channels in the sports
small section of the casino. We found the casino hosts
to be very friendly and courteous. Carnival now has
a 'club' called the Ocean Players Club. You actually
play for points as in Reno or Vegas. These points
can be used for upgrades or cash. Check with your
casino hosts for details. |
artwork on the walls were three and four decks high
surrounded by lights.||
lounge/bar is in the atrium area just across from
the Purser's Office. It's very open and a central
focus of the main deck.|
three pictures above were taken off our balcony
in the port of Cozumal. It is a very active port
and becomes very crowded, as you can see. We counted
7 ships in port at one time. In the picture on the
right you will see a Celebrity cruise ship and a
Royal Caribbean cruise ship. In the picture on the
left you will see a Carnival cruiseship and another
Royal Caribbean cruise ship.
day cruises usually provide for two 'formal' dinner nights.
The theory is that women like to dress up and this provides
an opportunity for them to do so. From long gowns to casual
dress is what you will find. Men will dress in tuxedo's
down to sport coats. The fact is, this is YOUR vacation
and the cruiselines want you to enjoy every minute of it.
If 'formal' is not your cup of tea, then don't feel you
need to comply in high fashion. If you really want to be
casual, you will have the alternate dining options or room
service available to you. Men are asked not to wear shorts
in the diningroom in the evenings. Slacks are more than
acceptable. Women, as well, are asked not to wear shorts
but it is acceptable for women to wear the casual short
with blazer outfits.
We enjoyed this ship. Of course
with it's home port currently at Port Canaveral which is
a 45 minute drive from home, it makes it even more pleasurable
not having to drive to Miami. Seldom do ships stay at one
port for very long before moving on to another with another
How would we rate this ship?
On a scale of 1 - 10 with 10 being the highest easily it
would be a 10. Because we cruised the inaugural western
itinerary there were some slight wrinkles that needed to
be ironed out but I'm certain by now that has been done.
Just hard to believe this is a Carnival ship. Incredible!
I am hopeful our experiences
aboard these ships has been useful to you in your decision-making
process. The ships are getting bigger and better. They are
every bit like staying in a 5-star hotel with all it's amenities.
It's like one-stop shopping, as far as I'm concerned. A
no brainer! Once you board you leave your worries behind.
| If you have
some questions you think I could answer, e-mail me.