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7 Night Hawaii Cruise from Honolulu

7 Night Hawaii Cruise from Honolulu

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Honolulu
  • Day 2
    Maui
  • Day 3
    Maui
  • Day 4
    Hilo
  • Day 5
    Kona
  • Day 6
    Kauai
  • Day 7
    Kauai
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Honolulu

Pride of America

Pride of America - Norwegian Cruise Line

Pros

Recent reno added high-end furnishings; Hawaii-centric with every day in port; stellar customer service

Cons

Entertainment could be better; best food found at extra-fee restaurants

Bottom Line

Upgraded ship presents perfect way to see all of Hawaii in a week in style and comfort


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: June 2019
have been to Oahu twice before and decided to get a brief taste of the other islands so pride of America was the obvious way to go, embarkation was a breeze very helpful desk person on board quite quickly, cabin was not ready so went and ... Read More
have been to Oahu twice before and decided to get a brief taste of the other islands so pride of America was the obvious way to go, embarkation was a breeze very helpful desk person on board quite quickly, cabin was not ready so went and had lunch at the aloha café buffet, the ship although looking a bit dated was very clean and well presented. the house keeping did a great job keeping the cabin clean and tidy. all the staff in the bars and public areas gave good service and were friendly, only ate at the aloha café buffet which I found quite good in fact some of the food was quite amazing. entertainment was very good went four shows including music in a couple of the bars. all in all I would recommend this cruise . finally a special word for Tanya who served in the pink champagne bar a credit to the ship and cruise line a very friendly person very good customer service. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Cabin 8502 Balcony : Family of 10: 5 teens and 5 adults in 5 cabins: This was our 15 th cruise first time on NCL Good: Loved the balcony (very spacious had 8 adults on it to view as we sailed Na Pali coast. originally booked ... Read More
Cabin 8502 Balcony : Family of 10: 5 teens and 5 adults in 5 cabins: This was our 15 th cruise first time on NCL Good: Loved the balcony (very spacious had 8 adults on it to view as we sailed Na Pali coast. originally booked interior cabin, Bid $100 pp and got balcony Great hair dryer - no need to bring your own on this trip Refrigerator in room - always nice No casino on ship/ no smoking The food in the skyline and Liberty rest and aloha café was better than most other cruises we have been on (especially loved the Shrimp and crab cakes appetizer night 1) Love not having to dress up for the Skyline Rest for dinner- Freestyle dinning Great way to see Hawaii The photo people did not hound you or force you to take pics Room had a small sofa in it - very nice! interior rooms did not have this Good value as it would have cost much more to see all islands and pay for food on our own Fresh Floral Lei's at check in - nice Bad: No electrical outlet next to bed bring ext cord if using CPAP The web site is bad, and our travel rep Earl did not return calls Great price booking air w/ ship but I would not do it again awful flight seats and times The older man checking us in was crazy slow and just generally clueless - bad start The hostess at the Skyline Rest was obnoxious and rude. He could not get our reservations straight despite being booked ahead of sailing (party of 10) The shower is hand held which is great but the water pressure was very weak Service in the restaurants and the Cadillac dinner was SUPER SLOW - no reason for this! Poor excursion options - we booked cars on each island instead Cabin was not very clean (dusty) and missing pool towels. The steward never replaced/refreshed pool towels and bed sheets were not changed daily (yes I can tell) Bathrooms and showers are ridiculously small Customer service was generally poor with a few exceptions (grp sales lady was great) Entertainment was not so great - comedian Chris Bliss was good night 1 awful night 2 What we did: Maui: Road to Hana in our rental car (get CD for the narration)- Book far in advance for larger vehicles Maui day 2 - surfing lesson with Hawaiian paddle sports for kids, Laheina to see the largest Banyon Tree - nice town to window shop Hilo: Volcano National Park (rental car) - worth doing Swim /snorkeling Kona: Drove to Maunea Kea (too far and lame - skip ) Amazing coffee: stop at a local coffee shop (We went to Kona Coffee in shopping plaza) Kauai: Waiemea Canyon - amazing Spouting Horn Poipou - amazing Coffee plantation - worth the stop - free walking tour, and free samples Kauai Day 2: Swim at Marriot beach walking distance from ship Get shave ICE at some point while you are in port - Sooo Good Honolulu: Pearl Harbor tour Must do!, Went to Diamond head to hike but at 8:30 parking lot was full, went to Waikiki beach - go early less crowds, walked around North Shore - nice surf shop Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Hello! I thought I'd write a brief review of our POA sailing this last week. This is our fourth cruise, with prior cruises being on Carnival and NCL in a Haven room. This is the first cruise we have taken as a family of 4, along ... Read More
Hello! I thought I'd write a brief review of our POA sailing this last week. This is our fourth cruise, with prior cruises being on Carnival and NCL in a Haven room. This is the first cruise we have taken as a family of 4, along with my parents. Kids are 5 and 7, and grandparents are 72. We flew in and spent a few days prior to the cruise in Oahu. I highly recommend this. We could have easily spent a week in Oahu. We did Pearl Harbor, and spent a day on the North Shore. There we did a Shark Swim with Hawaiian Shark Encounters (fantastic, and not as scary as you may think, though take dramamine before you go) and we went to the Polynesian Cultural Center. That was OK - I thought it was a little overpriced for what you get, but the kids and the grandparents enjoyed it. Day 1: Prior to boarding, we did a movie tour at Kualoa Ranch. It was AMAZING. Big 5 star recommendation. Was enjoyed by everyone in our party. Embarkation went smoothly. We were in 10178, a two bedroom family suite. My parents were next door in the adjoining cabin, 10180. These are both aft balconies. As suite guests, we got priority boarding, and it was not busy. This is where the only issue I had with service occurred. I had to wait, by myself with 2 hot tired children (husband came later after returning rental car, and grandparents had to do the regular check in since they were not in a suite). The concierge for some reason directed 2 families to check in before me for some reason - I had been there before them, and it was extremely irritating, especially since one of the families took forever to check in. My parents were done and waiting by the time I got done. Not a huge deal but after having a Haven room last time it was definitely not up to that standard. We checked in around 3, and our rooms were ready at that time. We did dinner at the buffet, and swam and everyone was in bed by 8PM. Room 10178 was adequate for our family, I would not take older children in this room though. The second bedroom pull out is TINY lol - but it worked great for our purposes. Balcony is HUGE and got an amazing view of the Napali Coast on the last day right from there. 10180 is a nice room, with a nice large aft balcony. My parents were happy. Day 2: Maui. Cruise port is in an industrial area. We rented a car for 2 days from Thrifty. This was my major problem this week. We were told that thrifty had a shuttle from the port to the airport rental desk. THEY DO NOT. Apparently this changed around mid May, but no one bothered to update me from Thrifty. We paid $15 cab fare to the airport, and of course had to pay for cab fare back the next day. I complained to the cashier at the counter, and asked to speak to the manager, as I felt I should have been updated about this. (Haha just call me Karen lol, but I was MAD). The manager could not be bothered to even come speak to me. I was told that NCL should have told me there was no shuttle anymore (eye roll forever) and it was not their problem. If you are renting a car in Maui port, use Budget or Avis. I saw their shuttles. Taking a taxi to the rental counter involves not only the cab, but also taking a tram to the rental counter as the taxi can't take you directly there. We spent the first day in Maui in Lahaina for shopping and sightseeing. It was fun, I think my parents enjoyed it the most. Lots of cool shops. We then went to Napilli Beach, which was OK but NO shade, so bring an umbrella. The kids had a blast in the surf. We parked a car at the Maui Ocean Hotel, about 1/2 mile from the port overnight. It costs $5. Seemed safe. I have heard rumors its OK to park at the mall, but didn't want to chance it. On the way back to the port, make sure you use the pedestrian walkway, it's not very clearly marked, and we missed it and had to do some extra walking. Day 2: Maui. We did a 9AM Molokini snorkel on the Pride of Maui to Molokini and Turtle town. This was AMAZING. The grandparents didn't go, just us and the kids. This was arranged directly with Pride of Maui, none of our excursions were with NCL. The Pride of Maui has a slide, and will let you use their snorkel equipment. My kids loved the slide (they are young but very good swimmers) and my daughter (7) loved Turtle Town - we saw 3 turtles! My son was sort of over the snorkeling after the first stop. The trip included a continental breakfast and a pretty tasty BBQ lunch. Between this and the shark swim, it's hard to pick a fave. We adults went to Cagney's on this evening and it was great. Day 3: Hilo. Again rented a car, which went smoothly (with Thrifty, had already booked ahead of time, won't be using them again if I can help it). There was a shuttle this time :)/ . We spent the day at Volcano National Park. I wish we had gotten up and out earlier, or had more time - it is SOOOO amazing. We never saw any lava, and it was still one of the most awe inspiring places I've ever seen. Parts of the park are closed. We went down the Chain of Craters Road, all the way to the ocean. I belatedly found out there is a Shaka guide for this (more on this later) and I wish we had listened to it on the way. Buffett again (easiest with kids and really pretty good). Day 4: Kona. Another beautiful day. I am surprised to say I think the big island was actually my favorite island. We had rented a car with Thrifty (again, very smooth and easy - rental was in the King Kona hotel across the street from the port). This day we did a Shaka tour. This is an app that is available on itunes that uses GPS to narrate you on a driving tour, stopping at interesting places and telling you stories and history. We saw the City of Refuge (don't be scared by the sketchy road - amazing beautiful place), the bay by the Captain Cook monument, a honey farm, a coffee farm, and the Painted Church. The COR and the honey farm were my kids favorite place, though they also sampled plenty of coffee. The Greenwell farms coffee farm was fun - there are lizards everywhere. The farm tour is also free, a rarity in Hawaii. There is also a very small beach right by the tender that my kids enjoyed for an hour or so before getting on the boat. Day 5: Kauai. We had a tubing excursion with Kauai backcountry Adventures, but it was cancelled due to weather. There were supposed be thunderstorms, but they didn't materialize, so we rented a car with Advantage. It was OK, they were the cheapest we could find and the van we got reflected it, but who cares. We did another Shaka tour for Wimea Canyon. Again - another beautiful place. We spent a ton of time on the canyon and going up the mountain, so we had to kind of rush through the rest. They recommend a suspension bridge that was super sketchy though. I made my kids get off haha. Day 6: Kauai. We didn't do a whole lot this day. I took the kids to the nearby beach Kalapaki. We rented a beach chair and umbrella, and the kids played in the water. My parents took a helicopter tour with Maverick Helicopters and they said it was the highlight of their trip. This is the day of the Napali coast sail by. Again, very beautiful, and we had a perfect view from our balcony. We ate our last dinner at Teppanyaki. It was good and the chef was entertaining. Day 7: Honolulu and debarkation. Went smoothly, our butler got us right off the ship. We had a late overnight flight at 8PM, so we went through a company called ResortPass to get a cabana at the Outrigger Reef Resort Waikiki. This was... OK. It was crowded and hot. When we made the reservation, we were told the bell desk would hold our luggage, but they did not. We had to keep all 12 bags in our cabana, which meant someone had to stay there and we couldn't wander around town as we had planned. Oh well, the kids swam and I had a few drinks. NCL will store your bags for you, though it looked like it was actually a company with the port, I wish that rather than doing this I had just asked my butler when we got on initially what to do about our luggage. Some notes: Kids club: We utilized this for our kids, and they LOVED it. My 5 year old son in particular LOVED it. Seriously, we couldn't keep them with us after we got back on the ship! The counselors did an amazing job, and the kids literally cried the last night we were there because they would miss the staff and other kids at Splash Academy. We have never used something like this on vacation, but am so glad we did. It gave us some needed alone time. Butler: She was great, though we didn't use her much. Just mainly for priority tender on Kona and debarkation. She still knew the kids names and they loved her as well. Steward: He was great. My daughter wrote him a thank you note and we gave him a nice additional tip. He really went above and beyond with the towel animals, and my kids loved him as well, so of course, so did I. Restaurants: The buffet was pretty good. We didn't make use of Cagney's for breakfast or lunch (suite dining), as we usually were in a hurry to get someplace. Our dinner in Cagney's was great. Teppanyaki was good, and so was La Cucina. The buffet at South Beach Pool is better than the Aloha Buffet. Shows: We didn't see a single one lol. We were too tired every night. Overall, would recommend. I don't think we would do this personally again, just because now that we got an introduction to the islands we would go spend more time on each of our faves. Read Less
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