My wife and I sailed on the Pride's Aug. 11th cruise to the Bahama's and Grand Turk Island. This was our second cruise on the Pride. We selected this cruise because Baltimore is only a few hours from our home and we have never been to the ports visited on this itinerary.
ARRIVAL- We drove into the luggage loading area which, was about 25yds from the ship, unloaded the luggage and continued on to the parking lot. The parking lot is only 50yds. from the Pride. Parking was $15 a day, cash or credit. We walked into the terminal at around 2PM and we were on the ship in 15 minutes. Our stateroom was ready so we dropped off our carry on and went to the Lido Deck for lunch. By the time we finished eating lunch our luggage had arrived at the room.
SHIP LAYOUT- Because this was our second cruise on the Pride we were familiar with the ship. It is very easy to get around the ship. All public areas are open from front to back. There are 15 elevators and we never had to wait a long time to get from one deck to another.
DINING- The food on the ship is good and plentiful, with many options.
Breakfast is only served in Mermaid's on Lido Deck. Typical breakfast fare from continental to fruits and cereals to eggs and meats. A second option is Sea Day Brunch.
Sea Day Brunch is served in the Main Dining Room on sea days. You can order breakfast or lunch items off the menu. The menu is the same every sea day.
Lunch is served only at Mermaid's. There are many options to choose from. Every day there is a different Chef's Choice menu. They are Italian, American, Caribbean, American, French, Caribbean and Italian. also there is the Grill( hamburgers, hotdogs etc.) Asian, Pizza, Salad Bar and a Deli with hot or cold sandwiches.
Dinner. There are two choices. You can eat casually and whenever you want in the Mermaid's Grille Bistro. The food menu is the same as the Main Dining Room menu. The other option is at one of the two Main Dining Room seatings. The menu has many options. There is the daily menu which changes every day, the everyday menu that serves the same items each day including a vegetarian entrEe and a comfort food entrEe that changes daily. In addition you can make reservations at David's Steakhouse at a cost of $35 per person. The Pride also has a Taste Bar on sea days serving Mexican, one day, Steakhouse, Italian and Caribbean on each of the following days. An afternoon Tea is served on sea days, late night snacks daily and even a Mexican buffet one night. Certainly enough variety to satisfy all passengers.
STATEROOM- We were in premium balcony, partially obstructed view cabin. The room was much larger than a regular room with a larger balcony. There was double the closet space and a lot of drawers, a sitting area, stone counter tops, tile in the bathroom and faux wood trim around the room. The obstruction was caused by the lifeboats which are placed below the balcony. That only caused you not to be able to look downward along the side of the ship. The view was not obstructed looking outward. Our cabin steward kept the room clean and provided excellent service. The room was quiet and a bargain.
ENTERTAINMENT- Average, except for Roger in the Piano Bar. He was great. Beware of karaoke in The Florentines Lounge if you arrive for dinner early or you want a pre dinner cocktail.
PORTS- Grand Turk Island was nice with a great beach right next to the ship. A great place to swim, snorkel or relax. There is not very much to see.
Half Moon Cay is beautiful. The water is crystal clear and the sand is soft and cool. The lunch provided by the ship was good and the lines moved quickly. Drink service on the beach was very good. There were also bars near the beach to get a drink if you didn't want to lay on the beach. Beach chairs were plentiful although you may have to move them to get two together.
Freeport. Take it or leave it. Not much to see because the ship is not docked there too long. Beaches are not close and shopping is a taxi ride from the port.
DEBARKATION- I have been on 10 cruises and this was the best ever. Left the room at 8:30. We were assigned a Zone 2 debarkation scheduled to depart at 10 AM. We were told to wait in the Captain's Annex on Deck 2 next to the Florentines Lounge. At 9 o'clock a crew member came in to the room and told us we could depart. We cleared Customs and had our luggage within 20 minutes.
Overall this was a great vacation . The ship is nice, not too big or too small. The crew provided excellent service the food was good and had entertainment to suit all.