Carnival Pride launched Baltimore’s first year-round cruise program in 2009. On this route, the Carnival Pride operates year-round seven-day cruises departing Sundays. The ship will alternate weekly between the Exotic eastern Caribbean itinerary calling at Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay, and Freeport and the Bahamas/Florida itinerary visiting Port Canaveral, Nassau and Freeport. Each voyage also includes three days at sea.
|Passenger capacity: 2124-2680|
|Passenger Decks: 12|
|Total Cabins: 1062|
|Cabins (Balcony): 632|
|Cabins (Outside): 217|
|Cabins (Inside): 213|
|Gross Tonnage: 88500|
|Swimming Pools: 4|
|Exclusively For Adults: No|
TAJ MAHAL AND OTHER VENUES
Carnival Pride features a variety of dramatic spaces patterned after the icons of beauty theme and designed by Carnival’s award-winning interior architect Joe Farcus. These areas range in style from Taj Mahal, an elegant Indian-themed theater that serves as the venue for Carnival’s legendary production shows; Starry Night Lounge, evocative of the classic Vincent Van Gogh painting of the same name; and the Ivory Bar, a piano bar that pays homage to Japanese ivory carvings called netsuke with design elements that include resin-cast reproductions of ivory carvings, bonsai trees and pagoda-like lanterns.
Other rooms include Butterflies Lounge, which, like the name implies, is resplendent with images of the beautiful winged creatures throughout the room; and Beauties, a pulsating two-level dance club with a high-tech lighting and sound system and unique interior design featuring multi-colored male and female torsos.
Dining is considered by many to be the highlight of a Fun Ship cruise vacation and Carnival Pride offers a wide variety of delectable choices to suit any taste. In addition to the full-service two-level Normandie restaurant featuring expansive menus and wine lists, Carnival Pride includes Mermaids Grille, a casual poolside eatery offering breakfast, lunch and dinner alternatives and a 24-hour pizzeria. David’s, an elegant reservations-recommended steakhouse at the top of a soaring nine-deck-high atrium and accessible by a glass elevator, is also available. Other dining options include a sushi bar serving authentic Asian delicacies and the Piazza Café offering coffees and sweets. Complimentary 24-hour stateroom service is also available, and vegetarian, children’s and health-conscious menu selections are featured on all dining room menus.
Carnival Pride offers organized programs for three different age groups – Camp Carnival for 2- to 11-year-olds, Circle C for 12- to 14-year-olds, and Club O2 for 15- to 17-year-olds – with supervised activities and expansive, modern facilities for each. Carnival Pride also houses four swimming pools, including a children’s wading pool and an aft pool offering a twisting, turning corkscrew water slide. Special children’s menus, are also available, along with stroller rental and babysitting services.
Fitness has become an important part of people’s daily lives and guests sailing on Carnival Pride can take advantage of the ship’s expansive health and fitness facility, Spa Carnival. Among the largest facilities of its kind, the 14,500-square-foot floating health club offers a full gymnasium housing the latest exercise equipment, a mirrored aerobics room, men’s and women’s locker rooms, steam rooms and saunas, and a sophisticated menu of body and facial treatments, including a number of exotic European-style therapies. The ship also features four swimming pools and a one-eighth-mile jogging track. A salon offering a variety of hair, nail and make-up services is available, as well.
Golfers sailing aboard Carnival Pride have the opportunity to receive personalized instruction and play a variety of challenging courses throughout the Bahamas and Florida. Shipboard lessons are conducted at a covered and lighted “driving range” and utilize state-of-the-art “V1” teaching computers featuring side-by-side comparisons with top tour players and sophisticated video analysis. Lessons are also included during golfing excursions, which feature priority tee times, transportation between ship and course, and cart and green fees. Equipment rental, including clubs, golf shoes and accessories, is also available.
As part of Carnival’s fleetwide stateroom enhancements, all of the Carnival Pride’s 1,062 staterooms feature the Carnival Comfort Bed sleep system, featuring plush mattresses, luxurious duvets and duvet covers, fluffy pillows and high quality linens. Eighty percent of the Carnival Pride’s cabins offer an ocean view with 80 percent of those featuring private balconies. All accommodations include terrycloth bathrobes and all staterooms offer in-cabin amenity kits with a variety of brand-name product samples for men and women.
INTERNET CAFÉ, WI-FI ACCESS, MOBILE PHONE SERVICE
Like all Fun Ships, Carnival Pride offers an Internet café with private workstations featuring flat-screen monitors, along with Wi-Fi access available in virtually all public rooms and areas. Guests can also make and receive mobile phone calls whether the ship is at sea or in port.