We sailed on the Pride from Baltimore on January 20th taking advantage of a half week of school with our young kids (ages 14 and 9), they absolutely loved the experience and can't wait to go back again, especially for the freedom it presented for them to join the kids clubs and have activities until past midnight every night (some fees applied for the youngest). Having read several reviews about the ship decor, I made sure to show them pictures of David and some Italian renaissance art to prevent them from the "shock" of looking at nudity when we arrived on the ship.
We particularly didn't care as much for the decor and style in the main areas, it kind of look even darker sailing in the middle of winter but our cabin was well worth the extra expense traveling with two kids that are used to sleep in their own beds, the fact that we had a walk in closet and two sinks in the bathroom made the "cohabitation" a little more relaxed for our family of 4.
Having sailed in Royal More
Caribbean before, we definitely could tell the difference in food quality between both lines, the buffet was the same every single day and dining room food was not as special as other ships we've been to.
I expected the sea to be rough for the time of the year but we actually encountered good conditions on our way down, only the last sea day coming back at "full throttle", you could feel the motion really bad, especially in lower levels.
We enjoyed the production shows most nights and the comedy was outstanding.
We rented a car in Port Canaveral and it was very convenient to spend the day at Kennedy Center, in Nassau, we just had to walk past every single person offering us a tour, we took a "taxi boat" to the Atlantis, ($4 per person) and then walked to the public beach, it's better not to buy the round trip since after spending the day there you might rather just take a mini van back to the port.
Having been in Freeport before, we knew there was nothing worth to do, so we enjoyed a nice sunny day at the ship pool.
Overall, it was great to travel from a port close to home, the week of vacation felt longer due to only a short car ride instead of taking a flight. The advantage of priority Embarkation and Disembarkation were totally worth it, paying a little more to stay in a suite.
We will definitely do it again in the near future, hopefully other ports of call will be available from Baltimore. Less
Only go down for the photo op next to the "welcome sign". The ship stays on port for 6 hours, nothing interesting to do nearby, unless you take an excursion. Remember the water is cold in the winter, don't book "Swim with the dolphins" or "Scuba Diving" during this time of the year.