We chose Baltimore as our embarkation point since we could drive there in about 6 hours and avoid the hassle (and expense) of flying. Stayed overnight at the Sleep Inn and Suites on their cruise and park promo -- $139 for the night included breakfast, parking for our car for the week and shuttle to and from the port. I highly recommend this if you have more than a couple of hours drive.
Passage through the Port was quick and painless. We arrived at about 11:30 - were on the ship having lunch at 12:15. Couldn't get into our rooms until 2:30 so we explored the ship and enjoyed the view. When we went to our cabin, we had not even finished unpacking our carry-on when our checked luggage arrived.
Our cabin steward, Hustin, (sounds like the city in Texas) was the best. He was prompt and efficient throughout the cruise, always calling us by name. One evening when my key card wouldn't work, a staff member called him for me and he was there within a minute to let me in.
Since we had been to the Bahamas many times, we did not book any excursions on this trip, choosing instead to do the "Chef's Table". If any "foodies" are reading this review, this is an event to remember. Chef d'cuisine, Ramesh,personally took us on a tour of the galley, explaining every station and how they manage to put together 6000 meals a day. There were only eight of us attending and he put us around a large stainless steel table in the galley. A steward served us champagne and Ramesh brought out a procession of 5 small bites that he had created -- including confit duck pot stickers, fillet of beef 2 bite tacos, a tiny "gift box" of a cheese and crab blend -- hard to describe, but over-the-top delicious. Then, a pastry chef came in to demonstrate how they make their famous warm melting chocolate cake. Finally, we were moved to a private dining room where we were given our choice of wine and 7 varied and delicious courses followed. With each course, Ramesh explained how the food was prepared, what was his inspiration and what ingredients were included. I could go on and on but won't. Just try it yourself -- worth every penny.
Our overall experience on the ship was very pleasant. We ate most of our meals in the main dining room and out of 6 nights had only one meal that wasn't up to par. The beds and bedding were very comfortable - we hardly ever had to wait for an elevator -- their was good music to listen to in many different venues. Overall impression of the Pride --thumbs up!!!