by Joe Grech
June 6, 2004
I sailed on the Pride with my Wife and children ages 12, 12, and 15. This was my 8th cruise, I previously cruised with Carnival, Princess, and NCL.
We had a great vacation and I would recommend this cruise with a couple cautions. If you want to lay out by the pool this may not be the cruise for you. Out of three sea days it was only warm enough to lay out for half a day. You probably will not have this problem in July and August, but the weather in Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan will be seriously hot.
The ship is beautiful and well laid out. I thought the food was excellent (except for the deserts). Everyone working on the ship was friendly and eager to please. There were no lines to speak of on this ship. The space to passenger ratio apppeared to be the better than any other ship I have been on. The main shows were good, but it ended there. I felt this ship had the least amount of activities of any ship I previously cruised on. They had a band from the Philipines in the Butterflies lounge that was terrible. I never saw more than 8 people in the lounge while they were performing. The Starry Night lounge had Karaoke every night. The Jazz band played in the corner of the Lobby Lounge which was one of the only places you could smoke on the ship. Needless to say you could not breathe there (Everyone was smoking Cigars). This may be a bit harsh, but I got the feeling the cruise director Greg Kneale was more interested in getting you to spend more money than he was in you having a good time. He was constantly making announcements for you to go buy something. I had some great massages in the spa, but they are expensive. The gym equipment is excellent and with the weather I had plenty of time to use them.
I still prefer the Caribbean, but the ports were a nice change. My daughter and I went diving in Puerto Vallarta while my Wife and sons went on the Canopy ride. We all had a great time. In Mazatalan we went Horse back riding on the beach with Randi's Horses and had a blast. In Cabo we did some sightseeing and snorkling.
Feel free to e-mail me if you had any specific questions.