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.
Thanks Thomas. That last detail is a new one. We certainly don't make a habit of carrying our credit card with us on board. What if the other passenger wants to open the safe and the card is not available? I will have to check to see if their is an alternate method of securing the lock. Thanks for the input on Nassau too. I guess from each sailing we may expect some minor changes. Glad to learn the food and service are good. My TA said it was great, but I thought they may have been trying to impress the Travel Industry reps.
The safes will work with any card that has a magnetic strip. Even your sail & sign card. For the record, our safe on the Pride had a label placed on the door stating that s&s card shouldn't be used to lock it, but I used it anyway and it worked fine. You could use an expired calling card if you wanted to, if you lose it no big deal. (except if you lock the safe first!) The safes can be opened if you lose the "key", just ask your cabin steward and they will fix you up with the right person. I think the painting that Thomas saw was the usual maintenence painting that goes on everyday on a ship that's floating in salt water. (rust cover-up) Also, I heard that the ship will be docking in Nassau and tendering to their island (it's not that far).
The Pride is an awesome vessel!
Thanks Thomas, for your mini review. I have been waiting patiently for someone to write about their cruise on the Pride. Though I am not sailing until September, I want to read all I can about this ship and all that goes with it. I will be doing the Western, so waiting to read on that too. Glad you had a great time.
No, only the card that locked it can unlock it. Even if you and your husband both have cards for the same account, the info on the magnetic strips is different, and you can't open the safe if he locked it. Jose and I found that out when were were on the Pride 12/30/01. I was stuck not being able to get something out that I needed until he came back!
As for the food, we thought it was wonderful. And we were on the very first sailing, the New Years cruise out of Miami, so if there were going to be glitches in the kitchen, we would have expected them that week, but we ate like kings!
We were on the Destiny in 1996 and you used your s/s card
to unlock your door and open the safe. You didn't need a credit
card for anything but to pay your bill at the end of the cruise.
Will this still work?
We are a group of 13 sailing March 9- 16 and are already
Glad to hear this. We were on a RCCL cruise a couple of years ago & hid our credit card inside of something else in our cabin. But we forgot where the "something else" was! Boy, did we go crazy for a while searching & searching for it. My husband had a different card w/us so we weren't in too much of a bind for the few hours that it took me to recall where the orig. one was & we were able to open the safe.
Also, it's great to hear the food has been good on the Pride. That is so often one of the major complaints, esp. on a brand new ship.
Any card can be used that has a magnetic strip. To be on the safe side, we use a card with low limits. Also , to avoid the problem of only one person having access, we find a safe hiding spot for it so that either one of us can use it if the other one is gone.