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Ship Specifications
Year Built: 2001 Age Restrictions: All guests in room must be
Year Refurbished: 2007 21 years old. If not, at least one must be 25.
Previous Name: N/A Seating Assignments: Assigned
Guest Occupancy: 2,124 Assigned Dining Hours: 6:00 pm or 8:15 pm
Crew: 930 Internet Access: Yes
Tonnage: 88,500 tons Bars/Lounges: 11
Length: 963 feet Spa: Yes
Beam: 106 feet Fitness Center : Yes
Cruising Speed: 22 knots Swimming Pools: 3
Decks: 12 Hot Tubs: 4
Ship's Registry: Panama Bowling Alley: No
Casino: Yes Rock Climbing Wall: No
Show Room: Yes Ice Skating Rink: No
Disco/Night Club: Yes 24-Hour Room Service: Yes
Library: Yes Hair Dryer in Room: Yes

The Carnival Pride is one of Carnival's Spirit Class ships. This means that she's the sister ship of the Carnival Spirit, Carnival Legend and Carnival Miracle. About 75% of the 1,062 staterooms onboard the Pride feature an ocean view, while about 70% of those ocean views have a private balcony! Some of the more popular features found onboard the Carnival Pride are a casino, a Broadway-style show lounge, multiple dining venues, duty-free shopping and a few swimming pools.

Destinations & Itineraries
The Carnival Pride will be featuring cruises in the following regions (subject to change, based on the cruise line's discretion):

2012: Bahamas
2013: Eastern Caribbean

Carnival is well known for having staterooms that are larger than that of the industry average. There are many categories of staterooms onboard the Carnival Pride, from basic interior staterooms to very large suites. All of Carnival's staterooms onboard this ship come with a private bathroom, hairdryer, color TV and phone. There are connecting staterooms available on the Pride, for families and friends that want such accommodations.

Interior Staterooms:
The most basic (and least expensive) staterooms onboard the Carnival Pride, known as category 1A staterooms, have upper and lower beds (bunk beds). All other (non-1A) interior staterooms have twin beds that convert to a king-size. So be sure when booking a cruise on this ship that you're aware of the type of bedding you're getting in your stateroom.

Ocean View Staterooms: Category 5A staterooms onboard the Carnival Pride feature F
rench doors, rather than a picture window, and have an obstructed view (meaning that there is something on the outside of the ship blocking your view out of the window - such as a lifeboat or beam). Ocean view staterooms feature twin beds that convert to a king-size bed.

Balcony Staterooms: A really nice way to enjoy a cruise is in a balcony stateroom. This gives you a private balcony right off of your room. Balcony staterooms feature twin beds that convert to a king-size bed. Category 7A balconies have an obstructed view, while category 8I balcony staterooms have extended balconies. Category 9A balcony staterooms are larger than the other types of balcony staterooms.

Suites: There are two types of suites onboard the Carnival Pride. Category 11 suites are the Pride's standard suites (featuring a large private balcony and twin beds that convert to a king-size) while category 12 suites are Penthouse suites (which are much larger than the standard suites).

Carnival's dining program is called "Total Choice Dining." They call it that because their goal is to give as many choices as possible to their passengers. Breakfast is served in the main dining rooms, on the Lido deck or even in your staterooms (via room service). Lunch can be eaten indoors or outdoors (at a buffet), or (of course) via room service. Dinner is served in the main dining rooms or on the Lido Deck (in a more casual setting). Again, if you're feeling like a meal in your room that is possible as well.

There is one main dining room onboard the Carnival Pride, Normandie Restaurant. Lunch is served at 12:00 pm (for "main seating") and 1:30 pm (for "late seating"). Dinner is also split up into two main seating times. The main seating starts at 6:00 pm, while the late seating starts at 8:15 pm. Please be aware that Carnival does not guarantee that they will give you the dining time that you've requested when booking (they are on a request basis only). All dining rooms onboard Carnival are Smoke-Free.

One of the Lido deck's casual dining options is Mermaid's Grille, serving buffet-style meals. At this particular venue you can enjoy a wide variety of food, including various grilled food, salads, pasta, chicken and steak.

David's is the Carnival Pride's Supper Club. The Supper Club is Carnival's optional specialty restaurant, typically open from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm. The cover charge for this dining venue is $30 per person (subject to change). Yes, it's not free...but it's worth trying at least once! It's a true upscale meal that's sure to add to your Carnival cruise experience. A typical meal at the Supper Club can take up to 2 hours to complete. Among the entrees on the menu are lobster tail, prime rib, porterhouse steak, filet mignon and lamb chops (subject to change). The Supper Club is available on a reservations-only basis.

Onboard Features
The Riviera deck is the Carnival Pride's first passenger deck. On this deck you'll find a bunch of interior and ocean view staterooms, as well as the Butterflies Lounge (towards the front of the ship) and Beauties Dance Club (towards the ship's rear).

The next deck up is the Promenade deck, where you can find the stage level of the Taj Mahal, the Carnival Pride's main show venue (with a maximum capacity of 1,167 guests). This is where each night of the cruise you'll have the opportunity to watch an entertaining show (such as a Broadway-style performance, musician, acrobat, singer, comedian or magician). Also on this deck is The Winners' Club (the Pride's casino), a popular place to be after one of the Taj Mahal's shows lets out. You'll often times find fellow passengers in the casino until quite late into the night (and sometimes even into the very early morning hours). Starry Night features a dance floor, and is located right by The Piazza Cafe and Perfect Game Bar. Located midship on this deck is the shore excursions desk, as well as the main lobby and information desk (both found in the Renaissance Lobby). The first level of the Normandie Restaurant, the Pride's main dining room, is located towards the rear of the ship on this deck.

The Atlantic deck is the third deck on the Carnival Pride. Towards the front of this deck you'll find the second level of the Taj Mahal. You'll also find The Nobel Library, the photo gallery, the Ivory Piano Bar and the chapel on this deck. Also located on the Atlantic deck are the ship's main shops, where you can do some duty-free shopping (a popular thing to do while on a cruise). Towards the rear of this deck you'll find the second level of the Normandie Restaurant.

On the Main deck, deck 4, you'll find the third level of the Taj Mahal, as well as Real Virtuality (an arcade) and a slew of staterooms. The next deck up is the Upper deck, which features Camp Carnival (at the front of the ship) and a bunch of staterooms. Decks 6, 7 and 8 (the Empress, Verandah and Panorama decks, respectively) are all filled with staterooms as well. The Bridge is located forward, on the Panorama deck.

The Lido deck, deck 9, is where the first level of Spa Carnival (housing the fitness center, beauty salon and spa) is located. Also on this deck are a couple of large pools, hot tubs and bars. Mermaid's Grille, the main buffet area of the Carnival Pride, is a popular place to grab a bite to eat.

The Sun deck, which is deck 10, is where David's (the Pride's Supper Club specialty restaurant) is located. Also on this deck is the second floor of the Pride's gym. The upper balcony area of David's is part of deck 11, the Sports deck. The jogging track is actually located at the front portion of the ship on this deck. Towards the rear of the ship on this deck you'll find the kids' pool and the entrance to the giant water slide, so this part of the ship is often filled with a bunch of kids.

Dress Code and Attire
The casual dining dress code onboard a Carnival cruise is as follows:
For men: sport slacks, khakis, jeans (no cut-offs), dress shorts (long), collared sport shirts. For women: Casual dresses, casual skirts or pants and blouses, summer dresses, Capri pants, dress shorts, jeans (no cut-offs). The following is not permitted in the dining room during the Cruise Casual dinner for ladies and gentlemen: gym shorts, basketball shorts, beach flip-flops, bathing suit attire, cut-off jeans, and sleeveless shirts for men.

For those that don't want to dress up, the Lido restaurants are open nightly (except for the last night of the cruise). The Lido restaurants have a casual dress code.

The number of formal nights on a Carnival cruise depends on the length of the cruise. On a 7-Night cruise there will typically be two formal nights. The dress code for children is the same as that for adults.

Carnival calls their Formal Night dress code Casual Elegant and considers it as follows:
For men: Dress slacks and dress shirts. A sport coat is suggested. Suites and tuxedos (tuxedo rentals are available on the ship) are also more than welcomed. For women: Cocktail dresses, pantsuits, elegant skirts and blouses. Evening gowns are also a nice way to get dressed up. Not permitted in the dining room during casual elegant nights are shorts, t-shirts, beach flip-flops, bathing suits, jeans, sleeveless shirts for men, sportswear, and baseball hats.

Children Programs
Carnival has a wonderful supervised youth program onboard each of their ships. This program is split up into three main groups, based on age. Camp Carnival is for 2 through 11 year olds, Circle "C" is for 12 to 14 year olds, and Club O2 is for 15-17 year olds.

Camp Carnival is split further, into three groups. 2 to 5 year olds are in the Toddlers group, 6 to 8 year olds are in the Juniors group, and 9 to 11 year olds are in the Intermediates group. Kids in Camp Carnival get their own special kids' menus, featuring lots of favorites (such as pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken nuggets). Some of the activities that will be available to your kids include board games, reading & story time, finger painting, talent shows, dance parties, video games and lots of outdoor activities.

Circle "C" is a fun time for 12 to 14 year olds. Activities for these kids include various games, dance parties (each night of the cruise), scavenger hunts, pool parties, outdoor movies and more.

Club O2 features video games, teen-only shore excursions, dance parties, pool parties, sports, board games, card games, karaoke and a special Club O2 Lounge. The Club O2 Lounge is dedicated to the kids in the Club O2 program and is a real hot spot on the ship. This area features comfy seating, a state-of-the-art dance floor and multiple video screens.

Babysitting services are available from 10 pm to 3 am, at an additional charge. Babysitting is available for 6 month olds through 11 year olds. The babysitting is offered in Camp Carnival and is provided in a "slumber party" format. During this time kids get to enjoy movies and cartoons. Pillows, blankets and cribs will be available. The cost for this service is $6 per hour for the first child, and $4 per hour for each additional sibling in the same family. In-cabin babysitting services are not available on a Carnival cruise. There is an After Hours program available for 9 to 11 year olds, at the same cost of the babysitting service. This program runs from 10 pm to 12 am, and provides kids with a variety of activities to participate in. Among these activities are board games, karaoke, video games and theme nights. Children are not allowed to sign themselves out of these programs (parents must return to do so).

Tipping and Gratuities
Carnival automatically charges your onboard account $10 per person per day, to cover for the gratuities for your dining and stateroom staff. The $10 is based on the following guidelines that Carnival recommends:

$3.50 per day for staterooms services
$5.50 per day for dining room services
$1.00 per day for alternative services (distributed to kitchen and other hotel service staff)

For cruises to nowhere, gratuities of $10 per guest per day must be prepaid.

If you're not satisfied in some way with the service you receive while on your cruise, you can go to the main purser's desk and ask them to adjust the gratuities being charged, to any amount you see fit. A 15% charge is automatically added to all beverage purchases. Tipping of room service employees and your Maître d' is at your discretion.

Alcohol Policy
The official minimum drinking age on all Carnival cruise ships is 21 years of age. Proof of age is required.

Guests that are 21 and older are allowed to bring one bottle (750 ml) of wine or champagne per person on the cruise, at embarkation only (the first day of the cruise). A $10 corkage fee will be charged if you'd like them to open the bottle at dinner. A $14 corkage fee will be charged if you'd like them to open the bottle in the Supper Club. All other alcoholic beverages are restricted from being brought onboard at embarkation.

Alcoholic beverages that are purchased at a port of call and are brought onboard the ship will be confiscated at the gangway by the Carnival staff and will be returned to you at the end of your cruise.

Gambling Policy
The official minimum gambling age on all Carnival cruise ships is 18 years of age. Guests under 18 are not even allowed to be inside the casino. Proof of age is required.

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