Posted on: January 17th, 2013 - Ship Overviews
CARNIVAL PRIDE’S YEAR-ROUND DEPARTURES FROM BALTIMORE OFFER FUN, CONVENIENCE, AFFORDABILITY
Carnival Cruise Lines’ 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride operates Baltimore’s only year-round cruise program.
On its Baltimore-based program, Carnival Pride departs every Sunday operating two distinctly different itineraries – an exotic eastern Caribbean route calling at Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay, and Freeport and a Bahamas/Florida schedule visiting Port Canaveral, Nassau and Freeport.
The 960-foot-long Carnival Pride offers a host of “resort-style” amenities and an exciting array of public rooms and areas enhanced by stunning décor that pays homage to “icons of beauty” that exist in art and architecture. In addition to a diversity of themed bars, lounges and nightspots, Carnival Pride features myriad full-service and casual dining choices, an expansive health and fitness facility, supervised programs for children in three age groups, and all-inclusive wedding packages.
PUBLIC ROOMS AND AREAS
Carnival Pride features a variety of dramatic spaces which 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, a classic American steakhouse at the top of a soaring nine-deck-high atrium and accessible by a glass elevator, is also available. Other dining options include the Piazza Café offering coffees and sweets, complimentary 24-hour stateroom service and vegetarian, children’s and health-conscious menu selections on all dining room menus.
‘CAMP CARNIVAL,’ ‘CIRCLE C,’ ‘CLUB O2’ – Building upon Carnival’s distinction as the family cruise leader carrying 725,000 children annually fleetwide, 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.
‘SPA CARNIVAL’ – 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.
SPACIOUS ACCOMMODATIONS — 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, CELL 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 cell phone calls whether the ship is at sea or in port.