Carnival Pride May 2017

Day 7: Final Day at Sea

Our final day at sea was wonderful. The weather the whole week was spectacular, and the last full day was exceptional. There were barely any waves in the ocean, it was “as calm as you’ll ever see it” the captain said over the intercom.

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It took us 7 days to find this little hidden gem. It was the top deck of the ship and by the looks of it, very few people knew about it. There were only 5 others up there with us. Granted there’s no pool and no bar, but there’s peace and quiet. It was a nice place to sit, catch some sun and relax.

 

We finally got to go to the Comedy club the final night. We had tried earlier in the week, but it was standing room only and always packed. We got there nice and early the final night and got great seats. We really enjoyed the shows. We saw a PG and R rated show, both were hysterical.

These were a few of the fabulous dishes I had in the Main Dining Room. We ate there every single night. I love the experience of eating out and being waited on. On a cruise, everything is pre-paid (aside from liquor) and you can eat whatever you want, so I love to have dinner there. Our wait staff was wonderful and so friendly. We got to know them through the course of the week. How nice is it to have your after dinner coffee delivered without even asking?

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We found this guy on our bed on the final evening. We loved all the towel buddies and creativity of the housekeeping staff. Our steward, Domingo, was just wonderful. He really made us feel like royalty all week.

The worst part about the last day on a cruise is having to pack. We decided not to do the self-assist and have our bags taken down to the cruise terminal for us. That means you have to pack up the night before and leave your luggage outside your door by 11pm. But you also have to pre-plan and have everything you need to get ready the next day, including clean clothes and toiletries. We had a smaller carry-on bag that we were able to use for this purpose.

Next up, I’ll talk about the debarkation process, heading home and where we’re going next!

Carnival Pride May 2017

Days 2 & 3: Fun Days at Sea

 

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The first 2 full days of our cruise were “Fun Days at Sea.” The first of which was Monday, May 29, which happened to be Memorial Day. The ship honored the day with a huge flag hanging in the Atrium.

We started the first day with a nice breakfast at the MDR. The dining room is open for breakfast/brunch on sea days only. We mostly relaxed during the days. One day we spent the whole morning on the Serenity Deck, which was lovely. You really have to get there early to get a chair though. (I’m talking 7:30am) It’s a very popular area of the ship.

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Another nice thing about being not only on vacation, but on a cruise ship, is that nobody is driving. So nobody has to worry about driving home! So with that, we enjoyed a nice bucket of beer on the first day at sea. We sat on the Lido Deck at the Red Frog Rum Bar and enjoyed our beverages.

Also on the first sea day was “Cruise Elegant” night in the MDR. We tried to get a nice outdoor photo of the 2 of us, but it so windy my hair was going crazy! So we settled for these. We also didn’t purchase many of the “official” cruise photos. Just a personal choice, they’re so expensive and we end up wanting all of them. So we usually just pick a couple.

The Alchemy Bar had a “Martini Tasting” during one of the Sea Days. We loved that. Neither of us had tried Martini’s before, so this was a great introduction. And these were not traditional Martini’s. We chose 4 martini’s from a list and the bartender (aka “The Mixologist”) created our drinks right in front of us. It was fun to watch. The bottom drink (in the above collage) was “Forty is the New Twenty” which ended up being my favorite and I had to go back for more later in the week.

In the evenings on the Fun Days at Sea, there were shows in the Taj Mahal and Comedy Clubs. We opted to go to the Piano Bar one night. There was a Sing-A-Long with Jeff True Jones. He was fantastic. Funny and talented all in one.

Our 4th day on the Pride was also our first Port of Call. My next post will be all about our day in Grand Turk.