My boyfriend and I live in PA and we drove to Baltimore for this cruise trip. Embarkation and disembarkation were relatively smooth although we did have to wait in line for everything. Driving in Baltimore was slightly confusing even with the help of Google Maps, but the cruise terminal was relatively easy to find. We had to line up for parking.
It was our first time cruising and overall it was pleasant. The room service was prompt and efficient, we had Kadek and he was very friendly. We got lovely towel-made animals every day. Dinner at Normandie restaurant was terrific, although we always had to wait for 20-40 minutes for a table (after 7:30 it gets better, but we preferred to go between 5:45 and 7), and had to wait to be served after being seated. Brunch at Normandie was also great, I loved their French toast. Lido buffet for lunch was usually pretty crowded and it was hard to find a table.
I had very bad seasickness and had to call the room service for some medications. The meds were $4 per 2 pills. Wifi was expensive and the value plan didn't cover much. We switched to the social plan (the 2nd expensive one) and discovered that most sites could be used with the social plan, although the popular app WeChat was still restricted.
We spent 3 days in the Bahamas and we only booked one shore excursion from an external site. The official excursions seemed expensive and boring. Our first day in Nassau was relatively entertaining. We walked to a lot of tourist attractions. The Starbucks near the cruise terminal had a reasonable price but poor wifi. On the 3rd day in Freeport, we stayed on the cruise.
The ship itself is a bit aged, but it was fine. It was clean, and we didn't see much rust as seen in other reviews. The entertainment was ok-ish, not very attractive to me personally, so we stayed in our room and watched movies most of the time. The casino didn't have much in it, and it smelled bad.
Overall, it was not so entertaining but very relaxing. If your sheer purpose is to relax, then carnival pride is for you. If you want some excitement and adventures, maybe choose another ship.
Small but tidy. 2 single beds, could be merged into 1 King bed, although it was hard to keep the king bed in-piece. Had hot water all the time. Had a mini-fridge. The lights were very bright. The balcony was not necessary, but my boyfriend liked it.