We were cruising from Baltimore for the first time. It was great not having to purchase air fare to cruise.
Embarkation--Was very easy finding the terminal and dropping off our luggage. We were not in line very long and in approx 35-45 minutes we were relaxing wit friends on the lido deck.
Food--It was the usual cruising food. It was good but not overwhelmingly good. We had your time dining and I didn't like it much. we had a good waiter for several nights but when we could get his table we had so so service. I like having the same table each night so you get to know your waiter staff and they get to know you. We ate at the lido buffet several nights and we had good food there. We know that the cruise food will never be 5 star quality so when you get your meals you are not let down. I feel with the reduction of food service staff on the ships over the last several years the quality of waiter service has dropped a bit. The staff is overworked because they have less More
bodies to work both morning/lunch/dinner shifts. I liked the sushi-Mediterranean food-burgers-and ice cream sundae bar.
Shows--The singing/dancing shows on the first couple of nights were like high school productions. The singing/dancing shows later in the week got better and were very good and entertaining. The comedian was great on both regular show and adult shows. More funny stuff and less gross/vulgar stuff.
Room Steward--Our service started off a little slow because when we entered our cabin there was trash on the table next to our bed and we didn't have any hand soap. The deck had a ton of paint chips from prior maintenance on the deck and chairs. The problem was corrected fast after talking with our steward. Our room was clean and well kept by our staff all week. We gave our staff an additional tip for their hard work.
Spa service--my wife got her nails and feet treated after boarding and she was very satisfied with her service.
Pool Chairs--We didn't have any problems with chairs all week.
Debarkation-- Was a little slow getting started with the self assist passengers and it was taking way too long to start calling the numbers for the other passengers. Once we started getting the numbers called we had to stop for medical issues with 2 passengers so the entire debarking process stopped. I think Baltimore should take some pointers from Tampa-Port Canaveral on how to get passengers off easy. We had a faster and smoother debarking process with the 3,600 passenger Dream in Feb than this Pride ship.
We had balcony cabin 6112 (forward port side). The cabin had a longer deck but was very narrow and we could not move our chairs around they way we wanted. If you don't like walking don't get this cabin because everything we liked doing was in the rear/aft section of the ship. The only thing up front on the ship was the spa and lounge for shows.
I can't rate this island much because we only went shopping there. My wife did not like the buses because they would not head back to the ship until they were full and she was told there were not cabs available at the time.
We spent the entire day at Margaritaville. They have a huge pool and plenty of umbrellas. Food was great and the Land Shark beer was cold. Very good pool if you have young kids or can't move around too well. Very good service from the food/bar staff