Just returned from the Pride sailing in the Eastern Caribbean and wanted to post some of my thoughts. First, the ship is absolutely beautiful; the rooms were spacious with lots of storage, plenty of mirrors to give an impression of openess, bedside lighting which allowed nighttime reading, and the balconies were roomy. The decor of the ship is awesome; glass elevators, spacious trafficways, large atrium, plenty of gathering spots, and lots of bars. The show lounge is fantastic with comfortable seating and good vantage points throughout.
Being the inaugural sailing I expected some minor nuisances but found few. They were still painting some of the exterior while we were underway. The shipboard activities were disorganized with some of the activities not in the location they were publish to be at, and some didn't occur at all. Other than the resident dancers, the show acts were weak. I understand some were last second fill-ins for others that didn't make the ship. The resident dancers though were top of the line. The food quality was not disappointing. Every dinner came with a variety of selections all of which were great. There was also a chef's selection for low-fat low-cholesterol dinners.
Service was above average.
The itinerary changed the first day with the ship docking in Nassau instead of the published Salt Cay, or Half Moon Cay depending on which itinerary you read. Again, a bit disorganized.
We had a forward stateroom which I would not recommend since all the food service and most bars are aft. It was a lengthy trip to and from the room. I don't see any reason to pay extra for an upper level room since, other than the Lido deck pool and Mermaid grill, most of the activities, casino, shops, sports bar, disco, lounge, atrium bar, sitting areas, are on the 2nd and 3rd level. Save some money and book on the lower levels with balcony.
Oh yea, the tipping is automatically charged to you S/S card. And the safes operate by swiping your personal credit card through the reader which means you can't lock up your card therefore requiring you to carry it with you at all times. I didn't like that.