Just got back from our cruise on the Pride. The ship is gorgeous, very well kept and clean. The hallways are chopped up and it is pretty easy to get going the wrong way, be sure the check the room numbers to make sure you're going the right direction. This is our first time on this class ship so the layout was hard to get used to, but I found that the separate public areas meant that things were much less crowded than on other ships. We were in ocean suite 6327, a great room with tons of space and a large balcony. We had plenty of storage space, in fact there were two big closets in the main room area that we didn't use except to hang damp clothes out of the way. The balcony had 3 chairs, a lounger, and two small tables. Very nice and easy to move things around to adapt to your needs. The decor is the same white covers with that gold thing across the feet. Kind of dated but still nice looking. I won't go in to much detail on the ports as the ship will not be doing them after the repo back to Baltimore.
The public areas were very interesting, we didn't go to any of the bars, dance clubs, or show lounges. We enjoyed being up on the serenity deck and on the midship pool area. The smoking areas were great on board, better than other ships. Hubby enjoys a cigar so we spent time on deck 9 enjoying the comfortable chairs and the company of the other cruisers. We found the pool empty quite often, the hot tubs less so. We were very happy with the ability to enjoy the pools. We LOVED the movies on board. How cool to watch a movie on the deck, either in the pool or on a lounge chair. We found that to be a great addition to the ship with the upgrades.
The food was good, but redundant. We aren't ones that go to the main dining room every night, we prefer more casual meals. The breakfast was pretty routine, there are two of the main lines with the same stuff. And it was pretty much the same each morning. For lunch they had more options with Chopsticks, Guy's Burger Joint, and Blue Iguana. The burgers were awesome, the burrito line was amazing, and the selection at Chopsticks was pretty decent. The problem is that none of those things are available for dinner. They all close at 6 or before. The main buffet line at dinner had many of the things that were being served in the main dining room plus some extras. What we missed were the basics, the hot dogs and chicken tenders from the old lido buffet. We found things to eat but were a little bummed about the selection. We had pizza and sandwiches often. Now, we did eat the main dining room for Elegant night to have the lobster and shrimp, was not disappointed at all. I was able to get an extra appetizer of gator fritters which are amazing! We went the last night, he got the southern fried chicken and was less than impressed. So take that for what it's worth, we just prefer more casual dining.
We were in ocean suite 6327, a great room with tons of space and a large balcony. We had plenty of storage space, in fact there were two big closets in the main room area that we didn't use except to hang damp clothes out of the way. The balcony had 3 chairs, a lounger, and two small tables. Very nice and easy to move things around to adapt to your needs. The decor is the same white covers with that gold thing across the feet. Kind of dated but still nice looking. Being at the back of the ship was new to us. We usually kept right on the border of aft and midship to be close to elevators, but we thought we'd try out the aft. Our room vibrated. Not sure how else to say it, but it vibrated 24/7. The closet doors rattled together and I had to shove a slipper between so I could sleep. The glasses on the shelf rattled together. Ceiling panels rattled. The door to the balcony rattled. I am a very light sleeper and I was irritated. I knew that there was nothing that they could do but move us and I found out the ship was full. So....
Maybe it was a mechanical thing that they were able to fix, maybe you are looking for a room with the old magic fingers touch. Just my experience.
Very easy in and out, great porters eager to help, and traffic control does a great job. The fun of going under the bridge about 2 hours after departing is quite an experience also, many cruisers go up on deck and watch, then stay for the sunset.
Love wandering the plaza, shopping and enjoying a drink at one of the bars. I got free wifi at Fat Tuesdays with the purchase of a very good, but very potent margarita
Costa Maya has a large shopping plaza with many opportunities for food and drink. There is a look out area up a flight of stairs that offers great views of the area and the ships in port.
The walk to the beach was very pleasant, we enjoyed the nature trail and the benches along the way. The beach area was crowded, but we were able to get to the water and get our feet wet. The shopping area was very nice and we purchased wifi there for a very reasonable rate.
We don't enjoy Grand Cayman as much as other ports. We don't do water sports or shopping, so there's not much else to do. There is a very cool museum near where you tender, has some really neat exhibits of the rich history of the islands.