Boarding: Checking in & Boarding is very quick and easy, no chaos of the airport, simple but effective security and actually very quiet. Check in is at least 90 minutes before departure, there is a lounge area upstairs while you wait for boarding. Then once on board, keys are given out quickly and before you know it you are in your cabin ready to set sail.
Accommodation: Club cabins are very spacious, include a TV, tea & coffee making facilities as well as extra comforts such as dressing gowns and guaranteed window. Full Club Cabin tour is here!
Premium & Standard cabins are pretty much the same except that premium are located in a preferred area of the ship. They have bunk beds and are very basic, but have everything you need for a comfortable night. If you don’t have a window, they can get slightly claustrophobic so you will want to spend time outside the cabin whereas a club cabin can be nice place to relax.
Food: There are two restaurants – The Kitchen and The Brasserie. The Kitchen is an all you can eat buffet restaurant with a brilliant variety of cold & hot starters, mains and cold & hot desserts plus includes soft drinks. Then, as good as any breakfast buffet it includes the usual full English fry up as well as a good continental selection. I was very pleased with both buffets too, as you can get sloppy, unappetising and poor quality buffets, but everything was very well presented and good quality. I would say this is the best value for money and if you add the meal plan when booking you can get Breakfast & Dinner all for £24.
The Brasserie is a more formal restaurant with set meals ranging from £13-£20+. We didn’t experience this so I can’t comment but being a fan of buffets, I would always go for the kitchen!
Shopping: There is one main Duty Free shop with all the usual’s – Chocolate/sweets, Perfume, Souvenirs, Travel accessories and alcohol. Purchases of alcohol can only be made 30 minutes after the ship has set sail and closes 30 minutes before the ship docks so be aware of this if you are planning on buying.
Bars/Cafes: There is a coffee shop next to the shop on Deck 5 which also offers snacks. There is the Show Bar on this Deck which holds the nightly entertainment, usually a singer or band and more of a party/disco feel. And on the Blue Deck above, is the lounge with a pianist playing at intervals and offers a more relaxing setting.
Decks: There is one long deck on Deck 6 which stretches across most of the length of the boat as well as 2 decks to the rear of the boat above the trail. There are stairs to a higher deck although this was closed due to the high winds on our sailing. I would advise to go out when the ferry is docking and leaving a port as it is very interesting watching the ship navigate in and out. Or if your lucky, try and get a window table at Dinner & Breakfast and you will be able to watch everything while tucking into some grub in the warmth!
See my full video tour of the Pride of York: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiZQTO-octM