Carnival’s Summer Caribbean Awaits!

Join us in August as we sail aboard Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Pride to the Bahamas and the Caribbean! Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line’s.

Despite the fact that I do a lot of expedition, river and luxury cruising, one of my unabashedly favorite lines to sail aboard is Carnival. Often misunderstood (or stereotypically understood), I like Carnival because it offers a good, fun cruise vacation at an affordable price. And in many ways, today’s Carnival is more diverse than ever before, with better onboard cuisine, more varied onboard entertainment, and a fleet that encompasses over two dozen ships that range in size from 2,056 to 3,954 guests.
On August 14, 2016, I’ll embark the 2,124-guest, 963-foot-long Carnival Pride in the port of Baltimore, Maryland for a weeklong summertime cruise to the Bahamas and the Caribbean. Carnival is one of the few lines to base a wide variety of ships in the Caribbean year-round, and the itinerary I’m sailing is a prime example of the quintessential beach holiday:

Carnival Pride – Eastern Caribbean from Baltimore

Sunday, August 14, 2016 Baltimore, MD Embark Carnival Pride 4:30 PM
Monday, August 15 At Sea
Tuesday, August 16 At Sea
Wednesday, August 17 Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos 8:00 AM 2:30 PM
Thursday, August 18 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
Friday, August 19 Freeport, Bahamas 7:00 AM 1:30 PM
Saturday, August 20 At Sea
Sunday, August 21 Baltimore, MD 07:00 En-route to our next adventure…

I like the idea of sailing from Baltimore for two reasons: one, I’ve never been there before (it’s always good to add new cities to your travel repertoire). I also like it because it’s one of the Caribbean’s nonstandard homeports, and will likely appeal to those on the upper east coast more than, say, sailing out of traditional ports like Miami or Port Everglades. Heck, I’m coming from Western Canada, and it’s going to take me far less time to reach Baltimore than the average trek to Miami.
I’m also a fan of this itinerary, because it offers that ‘postcard-perfect’ Caribbean that so many people want to cruise off to – even in the summer months.

Grand Turk, in the Turks & Caicos: the quintessential beach day. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunder

Grand Turk, in the Turks & Caicos: the quintessential beach day. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunder

Grand Turk is one of my favorite ports in the Caribbean. Located in the Turks & Caicos, offers miles of white, sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters that appear unnaturally blue in even the worst of weather conditions. Let’s be honest: this isn’t the island for history buffs. The port of Grand Turk was manufactured exclusively for the use of cruise lines (in particular, for Carnival Corporation ships). What it does offer, however, is a chance to swim literally within the shadow of your own ship. And, manufactured as it may be, I quite enjoy kicking back with a cold beer (which, thankfully, is locally-made on the island) and delving into that book I always say I’m going to read – if only for a little while.

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