Had a wonderful vacation on the Pride. Most everything was terrific and we are already looking forward to our next cruise.
Embarkation: Easy. Staff in Baltimore were friendly and helpful. Arrived at 12:00, knowing we would be early, but wanted a shot at a cabana on Half Moon Cay. Waiting in a reasonably comfortable waiting area until boarding began at 1:30. Clean restrooms and a vending machine were available.
Grand Turk: Pretty island. We did not paln any excursions and had a beach day. Water was warm and clean. Spent some time in Margaritavillekids enjoyed the pool. Returned to the ship by 1:00.
Half Moon Cay: Heaven. Was able to reserve cabana (thanks to early arrival at port) and spent the whole day on the island. Had priority tendering because of cabana and early excursion. Kids (13 y/o boy and 11 y/o girl) parasailed and had a ball. Cabana was stocked with soda, water, fruit, veggies, chips, salsa, etc. Snorkel equipment and floating mats were provided, too. Nice lunch served. Did not want to leave. Somewhat of a wait for tender back to shipno big deal.
Freeport: Planned an excursion with Sand Dollar CruiseCaptain Tony in Port Lucaya. Fabulous time sailing and snorkeling. Saw tons of fish and dove for sand dollars. An awesome experience for us all.
Fun Days at Sea were spent poolside. Loved the calypso music! Kids enjoyed meeting new friends and participating in Circle C activities. Food was always plentiful on Lido Deck. Staff was friendly and were constantly cleaning. Bar waiters were available to take drink ordersnever seemed pushy. Cruise Director Kirk and his staff did a terrific joblots of activities, bingo, contests, competitions, etc.
Normandie Dining Room: Most everything was delicious. Wait staff (Darell and Haydee) were always courteous and efficient. Took excellent care of the kids. Bar Server (Malinee) remembered our standard drink order and had our drinks ready for us as we sat down. Had a table for just the 4 of us. Initially, I was disappointed, hoping we would be seated with another family. As it turns out, it was very peaceful and relaxing dining with only my family. Each night's dinner afforded us the opportunity to reflect on the days events and plan ahead for the next day. Priceless.
Debarkation: We had always planned to use self-assist because we travel light. My son developed a painful ear infection on our last night and I asked if we could kindly be one of the first groups off the ship (after those with early flights) so we could get him to our family physician. Ponwipa at Guest Services was so sweet and told us it would be no problem. We debarked by 10:45 without any difficulty.
Overall, it was a great vacation and I would sail again on the Pride anytime.