The 88,500-ton, 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride feels downright cozy compared to the line’s newer ships. Fun and festive, her decor mixes marble, tile mosaic, wood veneers, buttery leathers, textured fabrics, copper and bronze, and all kinds of glass lighting fixtures to create exciting, bordering-on-wacky décor that definitely takes passengers far, far away from home.
Music and entertainment venues line Decks 2 and 3 from bow to stern and include a jazz club dedicated to Billie Holiday and a two-story barrel-shaped disco whose design motif features multi-colored male and female torsos. There’s a large sports bar, a piano bar that pays homage Japanese ivory carvings, and a café where you can buy fancy coffees.
The three-level theater is a show in and of itself with its elegant Taj Mahal theme. A bustling lobby bar anchors the nine-deck atrium that’s trimmed like a Christmas tree with shiny baubles and bright colors.
Dine in the two-story, 1,300-seat formal dining room, the indoor-outdoor buffet restaurant for a little bit of everything or the more intimate and high-end (and extra-cost) American-style steakhouse high up at the top of the atrium—which unfortunately can be a little loud due to funnel vibrations and ambient atrium noise. There’s also a sushi bar and 24-hour pizza.
In the well-stocked playroom, kids can experiment with sand art and a candy-making machine, or play on a handful of iMacs and PlayStations. A huge video arcade has dozens of machines, including air hockey and foosball.
The ocean-view multilevel gym is adjacent to the Greek-inspired spa, decorated with white-fluted columns and images of Greek gods. Pride has a total of four pools, several hot tubs and a three-deck-high spiral water slide.
Pride’s roomy standard cabins measure 185 square feet and offer relatively large bathrooms and a stocked, pay-as-you-go minifridge. There are robes for use during the cruise as well as extra-thick mattresses and bedding. Most cabins have a small sitting area with a sofa and coffee table.
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