292.5 m (959'07")
MS Carnival Pride - the third in a series of new Panamax-Max cruise ships - was delivered on December 2001. Her siterships are are Costa Atlantica, delivered in 2000, Carnival Spirit in 2001, Carnival Legend in 2002, Costa Mediterranea in 2003 and Carnival Miracle in 2004.
The Atrium stretches over ten decks. The main restaurant, Normandie Restaurant, is two decks high and seats altogether 1,300 guests. In order to achieve this, the galley was positioned below the restaurant using escalators for service. The interior is dominated by a 12-foot-high replica of the famed Michelangelo statue.
The poolside Mermaid's Grille is a casual Lido-area eatery for breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets, a 24-hour pizzeria, a New York-style deli, and Asian and American specialty areas. There is the two-level health and fitness center, the Body Beautiful Spa, four swimming pools, one featuring a retractable dome, five whirlpools, a large casino and a host of themed bars, lounges and public areas for dining, activities and entertainment. In addition there is a shopping area, a wedding chapel, large facilities for children and youngsters. There is also an internet café, a conference center and a cascading water slide.
Production begun in winter 2000, and the assembly of the hull begun in the covered new building dock the following summer. Carnival Pride was launched in late March 2001, after which the cruise ship was transferred to the outfitting quay in front of the yard's outfitting terminal. The successful sea trials took place in October 2002. Carnival Pride was built in less than two years, which is a short time for this size of a cruise ship.