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 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.
Good time was had by all--The End