How to Choose a Cabin on Carnival Prideby Donna Heiderstadt | February 17, 2017
The 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride is both budget-friendly and full of activities for all ages, including waterslides, pools, and an adults-only retreat. Add that to the addition of the line's most popular upgrades, including casual poolside eateries Guy's Burger Joint and BlueIguana Cantina, plus sports bar, and you'll find plenty of ways to keep busy. And with fewer than a dozen cabin categories on the ship, your cabin selection will be more straightforward than on Carnival's larger, newer vessels.
To help you choose the right room, we've broken down the details on each cabin category, and added tips on where to find the least noisy, best-situated rooms. All listed fares are the lowest approximate rate per person for seven nights.
Interior — Starting at $429, these 185-square-foot staterooms are the most budget-friendly option but have no windows. Located on decks 1 and 4-8, they sleep up to four cruisers (in two twin beds or a king, plus a sofa bed), and there are interconnecting cabins available.
Interior with French Door — If you crave sunlight and don’t mind a view obstructed by a lifeboat or steel beam, these 185-square-foot cabins on deck 4 cost around $25 more than an interior, starting at $454. They're a good bargain when you're looking for a space that can accommodate four people.
Ocean View — For $549, the next category up has the same amount of space (185 square feet), but also has a window. Located on deck 1, the ocean-view rooms sleep up to four in two twin beds or a king, plus a single sofa and Pullman. Choose a cabin that's located mid-ship to avoid noise from entertainment venues on either end of the vessel.
Balcony — Pay just a little more ($559), and you can have the same 185-square-foot space, but with an outdoor balcony. These cabins on decks 5 to 8 sleep up to four and can connect to adjacent cabins — but some on deck 5 have obstructed views and sleep only two guests.
Extended Balcony — To upgrade to a balcony that's one-third larger than standard balconies (with a cabin that's still the standard 185-square-feet), prices start at $694. Sleeping two to four guests — with connecting staterooms available — these cabins are located on decks 4-8; a small number are located at the back of the ship with wake views, while most are set along either side of the ship.
Premium Balcony — For $774, you'll get more inside space (230 square feet instead of the standard 185), plus a larger balcony. These cabins sleep up to four guests and are located on decks 5 to 8 (some on deck 5 have obstructed views), but do note they are next to the aft elevators — convenient but typically noisier.
Junior Suite — Couples seeking even more space might want to consider one of these two 275-square-foot suites on deck 4, featuring a bathroom with double sinks and a tub, as well as VIP check-in. Prices start at $1,039.
Ocean Suite — For around $70 more — at $1,109 — you get the same 275-square-foot space as the junior suite (as well as VIP check-in, a balcony, and a bathroom with a whirlpool tub and double sinks) but you can sleep up to four people instead of two. Located on decks 5 to7, these rooms have a king bed, a single sofa bed, and a Pullman.
Vista Suite — Starting at $1,214, these suites actually have less space than the other suite options (at 245 square feet), but the major perk is a wraparound balcony with great views. Sleeping up to three guests, they're located on the aft corners of decks 4-8 and, like the other suites, include a whirlpool tub in the bathroom and VIP service at check-in.
Grand Suite — The largest suites on Carnival Pride, located on deck 6, measure 300 square feet and sleep up to four people. With a starting price of $1,709, they feature perks that include a whirlpool tub and separate shower, plus a walk-in closet, a large balcony with chaises, and VIP check-in.
Donna Heiderstadt is a New York-based contributor to ShermansCruise who has also written for Coastal Living and Islands.