Six family members ranging in age from 17 to 51 cruising the Pride.
EMBARKATION: We drove to Baltimore, an appealing aspect of this cruise, and arrived at the port shortly before 11 a.m. Waited until 11 to enter the gated area where we dropped off our luggage, paid cash for parking and found a parking space and headed into the terminal. After a speedy check-in process, we were directed to chairs and waited a bit for our zone to be called. Wedding party and priority were before us. On the ship and up to the Mermaid Grille for some lunch. Because we had come from snow and cold, we headed out on deck to sit in some lounge chairs in the sun and wait until our rooms were ready. At around 2:30 we were told our rooms should be done. As we arrived at our room, our luggage had just been dropped off also. Unpacked and ready to enjoy the vacation!
STAFF: We found everybody to be very friendly and our room steward was very good. Cruise director Jamie was very bubbly with a good sense of humor. Wait staff was always willing to help or please.
CABIN: Balcony on deck 8. Room was normal cruise size with plenty of space for our stuff. Chairs on balcony a little narrow for us extra volume people, but doable. Bathroom spacious and very clean.
FOOD: Dining room and Mermaid Grille were both enjoyable and we didn't have any trouble with long lines (timing was always good) and the food was pretty good.
ENTERTAINMENT: Only watched a few shows. Some of them too late for us. What we did see was good. Enjoyed trivia and other games in the afternoons. Bingo was pricey considering all the more they paid out. Casino was fun, enjoyed card games, although no perks for playing all week at the tables. PORTS: We enjoyed our ports and tours that we took. Missed Freeport due to high winds, but the staff did a good job of filling the day with things to do.
DEBARKATION: We did self debarkation and other than standing in a long line for about 15 minutes, it was a breeze. We were off the ship and in our car by 10 a.m.