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08/08/2011 06:37 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Carnival Pride: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide

Carnival Cruise Lines' Pride is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with sea-worthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about the CarnivalPride.

Journey Down The East Coast

The Carnival Pride sails from Baltimore to the Bahamas, Caribbean and Bermuda. It is the only year-round Baltimore cruise ship. Ports for the Pride include Port Canaveral, Fla., Freeport, Bahamas and Grand Turk Island, just to name a few.

A Zippy Ride

The Pride is a Spirit-class cruise ship, smaller than some of the mega cruise ships in the Carnival fleet. Its compact size, however, gives the ship more speed and allows it to sail through the Panama Canal.

Weatherproof Pool and More

The Carnival pride features the Sky Dome, a sliding roof that covers the aft pool during inclement weather. The ship also features Serenity, an adult-only section. But families have plenty to do with a three-deck-high water slide and butterflies, the onboard comedy club.

Cruise in Comfort

Carnival prides itself on offering larger than standard staterooms. Most of the staterooms have a water view, and of those, more than 80 percent have private balconies. The decor leans heavily toward pastels and light colored wood with the occasional brightly colored accent piece.

Cost

Prices range from $409 for a seven-day cruise to the Bahamas in an interior cabin to $1,824 for a suite on the same cruise. Prices also vary depending on the season -- check for cruises in September for cheaper rates.

Explore Coral Reefs

The Pride stops at several ports during its cruise down the Eastern Seaboard including Bermuda, Freeport, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk and Port Canaveral. According to Cruise Critic the glass bottomed boat tour is a must. The reviewer expected a cheesy tour ride and was pleasantly surprised at the knowledge and skill of the captain. The glass bottom gave a clear view of the coral reef and reef dweling creatures.

From Fine Dining to Food On The Go

Enjoy an elegant meal at the Normandie Restaurant. Guests can choose from early or late seatings for dinner. If you're looking for something more casual, check out the Perfect Game sports bar. For the height of luxury, reserve your spot at David's Steakhouse -- this ship board restaurant requires reservations two weeks before sailing.

Maiden Voyage

Carnival launched the Pride in late December 2001. The ship embarked on its maiden voyage on January 12, 2002.

Safety Record

According to the Baltimore Sun a local 71-year-old woman died while snorkeling during a cruise onthe Carnival Pride. In March 2011, strong gusts of wind pulled the ship from its moorings in Port Canaveral.

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The Carnival Pride sails down the East Coast year round.

Have you ever taken a cruise down the East Coast?