We are two seasoned cruisers that have now learned a valuable lesson... you should always buy cruise insurance and you should always arrive in your cruise port 1 day before sailing. Due to the Blizzard of 2009 and 3 cancelled flights, we barely made our trip on the Pride... however we did and it was great! We traveled with our extended family which included 7 adults and 3 kids Below a a few insights we have.
1) This cruise has the most random people we have ever seen, lots of scooters and overweight people. Be ready to be surrounded.
2) The excursions we selected, ROCKED!! In Port Canaveral, for a big family, the best option is to rent a car from enterprise and drive to Downtown Disney. Free day to walk around, spend time at Lego land, T-Rex Cafe, Disney store, Chocolate factory, and plenty of food options and site seeing.
In Nassau, Get the day pass to Wyndham/Sheraton, it is $40 for adults and includes towels, beach chair, use of pool/hot tub/ awesome beaches, non motorized water sports, and a Kickin' buffet lunch. Kids are negotiable and we actually got them in free.. but it was Christmas. We then took a taxi to Atlantis and toured the lobby and small aquarium, only got to go to "free" areas.
In Freeport, take the taxi to Port Lacaya shopping and beaches. Taxi is only $5 per person each way. The Rum Runner bar is so great and you get drinks out of real coconuts!! Beach is across the street and is free!
3) The Pride is very nice! Staff is good, not excellent, however the cruise director and his Girlfriend are really great! Buffet food is okay, Dining room food was good, I have several options that I really enjoyed. The warm chocolate melting cake dessert is like a dream! Entertainment was hit or miss but our comedian was funny, but that will vary from trip to trip. Roger in the Ivory Piano bar was great. Drinks were good and about regular cruise price (4-8.50 each). Small tip if going to buy a "Classic Cocktail" take your receipt to the casino cashier and get a $5.00 match play.
4)Overall had a great time on the Pride with our family, but would not travel out of Baltimore again for a variety of reasons.