We had a wonderful cruise on the Pride. Embarkation was delayed, but we arrived at the pier after 1:00 p.m. and were on board and in our stateroom within one hour and we did not pay for the FTTF.
We have taken several cruises and this cruise departing from Baltimore was quite different. First, flying into Baltimore and staying overnight the night before our cruise was a breeze. Everything was pleasant and easy. We stayed at the Embassy Suites Baltimore airport and thoroughly enjoyed the cocktail hours, free transportation for dinner, kind staff, breakfast, etc. I would recommend this hotel and stay there again, although breakfast quality was not up to what we have had at other Embassy Suites, the staff made it pleasant and enjoyable.
The ship itself is a little worn and dark, but we still found it beautiful in areas. The food was some of the best we have encountered on a cruise. We especially loved the pizza and ice cream served 24 hours.
This was our first cold-weather cruise. They had an enclosed pool on the lido deck that people seemed to enjoy, but I wore a sweater every day and was too cold to want to go into a pool. Weather improved a bit as we moved toward the Bahamas, but a cold-front had moved into the South as well making our warmest day in the low 70's.
Despite the weather being cold, people on board were the most friendly we have ever encountered! We had a fantastic, fun time on the ship and very much enjoyed our service, food, and entertainment. We met lots of people and this cruise will long be remembered as one of our friendliest cruises . We plan to sail out of Baltimore again some time due to the ease of it. However, I think I will pick a warmer month than January!