CARNIVAL PRIDE FUNSHIP 2.0
The Carnival Pride is back home in the Port of Baltimore complete with the funship 2.0 upgrades. I am going to walk you through a few of the upgrades in this post and will have the rest in a future blog. Carnival updated too many areas of the ship to include in just one post.
The areas of the Carnival Pride that are new and updated are the Blue Iguana Tequila Bar, RedFrog Rum Bar, Guys Burgers, Blue Iguana Cantina, Alchemy Bar, Cherry on Top, Redfrog Pub, EA Sports Bar, Bonsai Sushi. Carnival did a fantastic job on these areas and can expect a better trip for her 2600 passengers. In my humble opinion she still needs more work done on her she still looks dated in many areas of the ship. I hope Carnival finishes bringing her into the current decade and finishes as she is so close to being a perfect ship.
Once she is totally updated the only thing left to fix will be the itnerary, this will be the hardest portion of the trip to sell to an experianced cruiser. She goes on the most basic of routes and one that would only appeal to the newest of cruiser or someone who adores Nassau, which i doubt is a large portion of people. I am hoping they will change the port of call to include Amber Cover or something a tad better. This has been the only reason i have not sailed on her myself. I am not a big fan of Nassau and i have been to Port Canaveral many times and feel it is not really a cruising destination, just not the 1st place that i would want to go.
New on the Carnival Pride the EA Sports bar with wrap around wall TV. This is a perfect place to watch the big game or have drinks while watching many games on the wrap around TV. This bar before the 2.0 upgrades was dated and in serious need of a face lift and Carnival hit it out of the park on this one. Grab a drink, order some snacks, watch your favorite games live on big flat-screen TVs, and keep up with real-time scores from across the sports world. And if you’re feeling that competitive spirit, you can really get right into the game with the latest video game titles from EA Sports. It’s free to play, so find a friend or three and get ready for action. I believe the EA sports bar will now be a popular experience for any sports enthusiast.
Next is the RedFrog Pub Right next door to the EA sports bar
Get into an island state of mind before you even set foot on one. RedFrog Pub is our laid-back, no-worries, oh-so-lively Key West-inspired pub. Sample Caribbean fare, dominate at the foosball table, enjoy some sweet tunes from live musicians and sip our tasty signature private-label brew, ThirstyFrog Red. So kick back and feel the island vibe come to life. You’ll be a local here before you know it.
I know it is not fair to pick on Carnival on the subject on cramped ships, but it seems a unnerving trend within the cruise line. With the Carnival Vista currently being built as a high passenger low gross weight ship and more on the way. I feel it is an important topic to discuss and help people understand Passenger to ship ratio.
Carnival Corporation is adding new ships to the fleet over the next few years. None are slated to go to Carnival Cruise lines, but seems they are continuing the trend of smaller ships and more people. To me this is a shame and even though the ships will be wonderful and bring newness to the fleet they will be cramped. I find this sad, i know Carnival Cruise Lines is a budget cruise line, there is so much potential with the brand and so much more it could do to deliver a better product to its passengers. Cramming more people into smaller ships is not the answer even though i know they struggle to balance cruise fares and being all inclusive and making a profit i feel there are better ways than creating floating sardine cans.
If i was CEO for the day i would get a new contract for their slot machines and bring them into the 21st century. I have been on Royal Caribbeans Quantum of the seas and when you compare their high tech brand new ultra modern game machines to Carnivals old and dated machines you can see why they are unable to bring in more money during a voyage. The new games create a fun atmosphere and bring an excitement that was missing on several of Carnivals Ships. I would also fix the ventilation and invest money into bring the casino air quality to the 21st century. I have been in some of the newest land based casinos and i talked to one of the floor managers and asked how even though everyone was smoking how was I not overwhelmed with the smoke. Seems this is an important topic for the casinos and making the environment pleasing to both parties is important to them.
Have you ever wondered what goes into building the latest Carnival Cruise Ships? Here is a video of the construction of the Carnival Vista. They will have several of these videos published during the construction
The float out of the Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas the sister to the Oasis and Allure of the Seas.
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