Carnival Pride Review and Specifications
Specifications of Carnival Pride
|Builder||Kvaerner Masa (Rauma, STX Finland)|
|Building cost||USD 380 million|
|Owner||Carnival Corporation & PLC|
|Speed||22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph|
|Length (LOA)||292 m / 958 ft|
|Beam (width)||32 m / 105 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||85920 gt|
|Passengers||2124 - 2549|
|Decks with cabins||6|
|Christened by||Tamara Jernigan|
Review of Carnival Pride
Launched in 2002, Carnival Pride is the second of four Spirit-class Carnival ships, together with Carnival Miracle, Spirit and Legend. Pride cost US$375 million to build and was last refurbished in 2014.
History - construction & ownership
The shipowner Carnival Cruise Lines is an American company headquartered in Doral, Florida. It was founded as an independent company by Ted Arison in 1972. Today, it is one of the 9 cruise ship brands owned and operated by Carnival Corp. & plc. The line has the largest fleet in the whole Carnival group of cruise companies, with 24 ships currently in operation, and accounting for 21.1% of the cruise industry's worldwide market.
The 85,920-ton, 2,122-passenger Spirit Class cruise ship Carnival Pride introduced some significant firsts for the company, including onboard wedding chapels and alternative restaurants. Spirit-class ships also boast an impressive 80% ratio of outside cabins, and lots of nice little touches such as 'designer' martinis and museum-quality artwork.
Cruise itinerary program
Carnival Pride itinerary program is based on departures from Baltimore MD and Eastern Caribbean and Bahamas roundtrip cruises. Feature port destinations include Nassau, Bahamas and the private island Half Moon Cay, as well as Grand Turk and Port Canaveral, Florida. Starting January 2017, Pride will offer regular departures from Tampa Florida.
Most Carnival Pride staterooms are 185-sq.foot insides (213), oceanview (167) and balcony (632, with verandas of 40-85 sq.feet). There are also 50 Suites and 17 wheelchair accessible cabins, but no Spa accommodations. Suites include separate sitting areas, refrigerators, spa bathtubs (whirlpools), double sinks and large balconies with two tables, sun loungers and sitting chairs. Extra services for suite guests include priority embarkation and disembarkation.
Dining options - Food & Drinks
It's surprising that there is only one main restaurant on such a big ship, but the huge stern-located Normandie Restaurant works surprisingly well. With windows on three sides and design which cantilevers restaurant's upper level over most of the lower one, Normandie somehow manages to baffle the noise of 1,000 cruisers. For a casual meal, head to ship's Lido Deck. Its entire back half is dedicated to dining tables and food stations. The Mermaid Grille also serves as casual dinner alternative, and Mermaid Bistro is ship's buffet-style dining option. Instead of offering one buffet line, it divides the stations into small groupings spread around the space and surrounded with tables. Also on the Lido Deck, free of charge, are Guy's Burger Joint and BlueIguana Cantina. Carnival Pride has expanded its international offerings by including Bonsai Sushi, which is not just a sushi bar, but entire Asian restaurant. A really fine dining establishment is the luxury David's Steakhouse, Pride's alternative dining room positioned at the top of the atrium, beneath the red glass dome. David's is reservations-only and there is a $35 surcharge, which is quite modest considering the quality and quantity of the meal served.
Follows the complete list of Carnival Pride restaurants and food bars.
- Normandie Restaurant (1250-seat aft Dining Room, with two fixed dinner seatings, or “Your Time Dining”; offers “Seuss At Sea” themed breakfasts for $5; with the Captain’s Club Room restaurant annex).
- David’s Steakhouse (156-seat reservations only restaurant, serving seafood and prime beef steaks; with dance floor and stage for live performances)
- Mermaid’s Grille Lido Buffet Restaurant (1458-seat self-service restaurant with complimentary food stations; operates as dinner bistro in the evenings)
- Sushi Bar (complimentary).
Entertainment options - Fun & Sport
Carnival Pride boasts with artwork of da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo and Botticelli, as well as architectural details of archaic Greece, Byzantine empires, Renaissance Italy, Beaux Arts France and Victorian England. Carnival's long-time interior projector, Joe Farcus, chose “Icons of Beauty” as the vessel's theme: beauty in life, art, architecture, human body and human spirit. At 963 feet, the cruise ship offers 16 bars and lounges, 4 swimming pools and 4 hot tubs, created for active participation. Carnival's guests come onboard ready for twenty-four-hour partying and entertainment. A very good-equipped kids' center, Camp Carnival's Fun Club, is one of the line's amazing features, luring families with children of all ages.
The Taj Mahal Theatre is ship's main show lounge. This state-of-the-art venue hosts elaborate production shows. Playlist Productions are presented at night with short song-and-dance experiences and themes ranging from the '80s to Havana Nights. During the day, families can participate in Hasbro, The Game Show live staging.
Follows the complete list of Carnival Pride lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.
- Butterflies Lounge (484-seat, hosts Punchliner Comedy Club/brunch)
- Beauties Disco & Nightclub (118-seat, 2-level Dance Club)
- Taj Mahal Theatre (1167-seat, 3-level main show lounge, also used for movies, bingo games, gameshows)
- Crystal Card Room (20-seat)
- The Piazza Cafe (112-seat specialty coffee bar and patisserie)
- Perfect Game Bar (67-seat sports bar); Florentine Lobby Lounge (85-seat wine bar); Ivory Bar (106-seat piano bar); Snack Bar, Towel Bar; Raphael Foyer Lounge & Bar (66-seat)
- Starry Night Jazz Club (135-seat jazz lounge)
- The Winner’s Club Casino (278-seat, served by Winners Bar)
- Pride Atrium Renaissance Lobby (9-deck high midship open area with dance floor and stage, served by 147-seat Renaissance Lobby Bar)
- Sunset Garden Interior Promenade (52-seat)
- Nobel Library & Internet Cafe (23-seat, 24-hour Internet computers)
- Wedding Chapel (30-seat)
- Via Veneto Upper Promenade (23-seat)
- The Fun Shops (offers “Bon Voyage” items, duty-free liquor, jewelry, fashion boutiques, souvenirs, logo items); Formalities Shop (tuxedo rentals, special occasion gifts); Studio Photo Gallery & Shop
- Real Virtuality Video Games Arcade (24-hour)
- Circle C (kids' lounge complimentary area with video games, parties, movies, planned activities)
- Camp Carnival (aft located kids' lounge area with complimentary kids programmes and supervised activities)
- Spa Carnival complex (with Steam Rooms, Saunas, Whirlpool, 10 Treatment Rooms, The Lock Beauty Salon and Fitness Center)
- Serenity (adult-only relaxation area with Whirlpool, Pool, Bar and sunbathing area with lounges)
- Club O2 (teens club lounge with video games, movies, karaoke and themed parties)
- Aqua Park (with 72 ft Twister Waterslide, kids pool play area)
- Volleyball-Basketball Court; 9-hole Mini Golf Course; Jogging Track, Shuffleboard.
Carnival Pride wiki
- Fun Ship 2.0 upgrade in 2013
- Accident reports and news CruiseMinus.com
- Passenger decks: 12
- Cabin grades number: 28
- Total number of cabins: 1062 (of which 50 Suites, 626 Balcony rooms)
- Dining Rooms: Normandie
- Restaurants and food bars: Mermaid’s Grille (buffet), David's (steakhouse), Sushi, BlueIguana Cantina, Guy’s Burger Joint.
- Lounges & Bars: Taj Mahal, Starry Night, Raphael, Florentine, Butterflies, Beauties (nightclub), Alchemy Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Bar, RedFrog Rum Bar, Piazza Cafe, Perfect Game, Ivory, Serenity, poolside bars.
- Serenity retreat area, Spa Carnival, 4 jacuzzis, 3 pools, Pride Water Park with Twister waterslide, Outdoor theater, wedding chapel.
- The Carnival cruise ship Pride is of the line's Spirit-class vessels. Her sisters are the Carnival ships Legend, Miracle, Spirit, also Costa Atlantica and Costa Mediterranea.
- The vessel debuted on January 12, 2002, and up until 2014 its home port was Baltimore MD.
- The Pride cruise ship design theme is "Icons of Beauty" (done by Joe Farcus). The theme includes beauty in art, beauty in the human body and spirit, beauty in the world's architecture, beauty in life as general. The Pride's public areas have variety of artwork. There can be seen Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli and Da Vinci works, also details of the architecture in Byzantine empires, Victorian England, ancient Greece, Beaux Arts France and Renaissance Italy.
- 80% of the vessel's cabins are OceanViews, of those 80% with private balconies.
- On February 5, 2017, the ship was chartered by by "Bare Necessities Tour and Travel" for a "Big Nude Boat Cruise". The themed cruise experience was offered on a 9-night (10-day) round-trip itinerary from Tampa FL (Feb 5-14) with ports of call Key West, Half Moon Cay Island, Grand Turk Island, and Amber Cove (Dominican Republic). Passengers attended several pre-scheduled onboard special events, including the “For the Love of Nudism Film Festival”. However, clothing was required when the ship entered a port and also during meals.
Carnival Pride related cruise news
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Carnival Pride crashed while docking in Baltimore. The ship hit the passenger gangway pulling into Maryland cruise terminal on May 08 (Sunday morning...May 9, 2016
According to a statement from Carnival Cruise Line, as the result of unspecified propulsion issues, Carnival Pride canceled 2 port calls on her April...April 5, 2016
Carnival Cruise Line opened reservations for its fleet through April 2018, with more than 3,500 sailings of 2 to 19 days offered across its 24 cruise...February 12, 2016
Eight months after Carnival Cruise Line launched for-fee room service on three of its ships, the company is rolling the menu out to entire fleet...December 20, 2015
For a number of months, Carnival Cruis Line has been testing a pilot program allowing passengers to customize cabin service experience on four ships...October 25, 2015
Though some cruise itineraries to Bahamas were changed in order to avoid Hurricane Joaquin, the most important ship repair facility in the...October 12, 2015
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Carnival Pride Itineraries 2017
The below listed Carnival Pride cruise prices on 2017 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Carnival Cruise Line fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.
|26 Feb||Departing from Tampa, Florida|
|28 Feb 09:00 - 17:00||Cozumel, Mexico|
|02 Mar 11:00 - 18:00||Puerto Limon, Costa Rica|
|03 Mar 07:00 - 19:00||Panama Canal|
|05 Mar 08:00 - 20:00||Oranjestad, Aruba Island, Dutch Antilles|
|06 Mar 08:00 - 18:00||Kralendijk, Bonaire Island, Dutch Antilles|
|08 Mar 08:00 - 18:00||Philipsburg, St Maarten Island, Dutch Antilles|
|12 Mar||Arriving in Baltimore, Maryland|
Carnival Pride Itineraries 2018
The below listed Carnival Pride cruise prices on 2018 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Carnival Cruise Line fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.
|07 Jan||Departing from Baltimore, Maryland|
|11 Jan 09:00 - 18:00||Saint Thomas Island, Charlotte Amalie, USVI|
|12 Jan 09:00 - 18:00||St Johns, Antigua|
|14 Jan 08:00 - 17:00||St Georges, Grenada|
|15 Jan 08:00 - 17:00||Roseau, Dominica|
|16 Jan 08:00 - 17:00||Philipsburg, St Maarten Island, Dutch Antilles|
|17 Jan 08:00 - 16:00||San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|18 Jan 10:00 - 18:00||Grand Turk Island|
|21 Jan||Arriving in Baltimore, Maryland|
|04 Nov||Departing from Baltimore, Maryland|
|07 Nov 09:00 - 17:00||Grand Turk Island|
|09 Nov 09:00 - 22:00||Oranjestad, Aruba Island, Dutch Antilles|
|10 Nov 08:00 - 17:00||Willemstad, Curacao Island, Dutch Antilles|
|12 Nov 09:00 - 18:00||Bridgetown, Barbados|
|13 Nov 08:00 - 17:00||Castries, St Lucia Island|
|14 Nov 09:00 - 18:00||Philipsburg, St Maarten Island, Dutch Antilles|
|18 Nov||Arriving in Baltimore, Maryland|
Carnival Pride Itineraries 2019
The below listed Carnival Pride cruise prices on 2019 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Carnival Cruise Line fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.
|06 Jan||Departing from Baltimore, Maryland|
|10 Jan 09:00 - 18:00||Saint Thomas Island, Charlotte Amalie, USVI|
|11 Jan 09:00 - 18:00||St Johns, Antigua|
|13 Jan 08:00 - 17:00||St Georges, Grenada|
|14 Jan 08:00 - 17:00||Roseau, Dominica|
|15 Jan 08:00 - 17:00||Philipsburg, St Maarten Island, Dutch Antilles|
|16 Jan 08:00 - 16:00||San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|17 Jan 10:00 - 18:00||Grand Turk Island|
|20 Jan||Arriving in Baltimore, Maryland|