This was our second time on the Pride out of Baltimore, having done the same itinerary in January 2010. The ship has been in dry dock since the last cruise and several things were improved, most notably the aft Serenity Deck area. If you are in the mid-Atlantic area and want a cruise getaway without having to worry about booking a flight, this is hard to beat, especially in the winter months with the rates are much lower. We have also sailed on the RCCL Enchantment OTS on the 9 day similar itinerary plus Key West. Each ship and line has their pros and cons - personally I like the Pride better.
Highlights and things of note:
- Embarkation was a breeze - it always is in Baltimore
Cabin 6147 - right next to elevator which was convenient. A/C was very weak for some reason. We had to prop the balcony door open in the evenings for a cooling breeze.
we went to Magic Kingdom. It is an hour bus ride. No surprises or problems here.
we went to Atlantis, our third time here so we opted to relax by the pool and take a trip on the fantastic "lazy" river. We came back to the ship to change and went to Senor Frogs for dinner and drinks before departing. Watching the folks stumbling back from Senor Frogs is a free "excursion" in itself! Don't miss that show! Pick any outside deck with a view of the gangway starting around 15 minutes before "back on board" time!
everyone seems to hate this port, but it is what you make of it. We took the guided "you drive" Jeep Wrangler Eco-tour. Very enjoyable with some fantastic sight seeing, offroading through one of a kind pine forests and mangroves, history lessons about the island and Bahamas, lunch, and visits to the Garden of the Groves nature preserve and an hour stop at beautiful Taino Beach. Plus you get to drive on the "wrong" side of the road for us Americans! What a thrill!