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Monday, July 9, 2018

Sailing on the Carnival Pride is a good case of déjà vu all over again

   Out to Sea for July 7/18

   (c) By Jim and Barb Fox

   When it comes to cruise ships, bigger is not always better for many cruisers.
   In these days of super-sized ships – 5,000-passengers and more – there are lots of people who prefer the smaller, more intimate experience with just half that guest cargo.
  Lending a hand is writer Jim Fox with the Carnival Conquest and Carnival Pride in port at Grand Turk. (Barbara Fox photo)
   It’s a case of déjà vu all over again (thanks, Yogi Berra) with the trend to take repeat cruises on familiar and favourite ships as we did for a family cruise recently back onboard Carnival Pride.
   We weren’t the only ones as we’ve found there are many other fans of the ship – many from Canada – visiting the same ports in the Bahamas/Caribbean round-trip from the convenient port of Baltimore.
   The little kids even got us to book the same larger stateroom with bunk beds and balcony (near the food and top-side water park).
    And, it wasn’t a case of finding all the amenities on board and your way back to your stateroom on the last day, as can sometimes happen taking a week to get used to a mega ship.
   “Carnival Pride’s cruises from Baltimore have been among our most popular offerings since we launched the port’s first year-round cruise service in 2009, carrying upwards of 115,000 guests annually,” said Vance Gulliksen, Carnival Cruise Lines senior public relations manager.
   “In addition to all the fun amenities and attractions on the ship, guests enjoy the convenience of sailing from Baltimore and the opportunity to extend their cruise with a pre- or post-cruise land stay,” he added.