2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2019
Chose this cruise because we wanted to return to Hawaii having visited before. So briefly it is truly about being in Hawaii and not the cruise itself. The islands are spectacular but the ship isn’t. We have cruised many times and ... Read More
Chose this cruise because we wanted to return to Hawaii having visited before. So briefly it is truly about being in Hawaii and not the cruise itself. The islands are spectacular but the ship isn’t. We have cruised many times and wouldn’t even rate this based upon the ship. For someone who wants to see Hawaii this is a great way to see the islands. We rented cars and used Gypsy app to guide us around islands. Highly recommend doing this. Ship is quite dated. Still don’t understand why a ship that only cruises Hawaii has nothing in the way of Hawaii decor. Inside ship feels like sitting inside a musty Americana museum. Food is fair. Remember this is about seeing the islands but thought the ship should reflect the location. We also skipped Kona due to medical emergency. Perhaps injured passenger should have been transported by small emergency vessel rather than turning whole ship around. Would have certainly been faster for that passenger. The crew is good but not the same as other ships. Nothing memorable. I still remember great crew members from past cruises but won’t remember anyone from this one. So if someone is taking this trip for the cruise, don’t. If someone just wants to see this beautiful place, don’t hesitate. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2019
We chose this cruise because we wanted to visit more than one island on the trip without having to island hop via airplane. The cruise was everything we had hoped it would be. There was never any pressure from photographers or art ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to visit more than one island on the trip without having to island hop via airplane. The cruise was everything we had hoped it would be. There was never any pressure from photographers or art salespeople which was appreciated. Our cabin met our needs, though even with a balcony room, it was fairly small. We had a large balcony #8002. We did experience multiple episodes of our toilet not flushing, but maintenance was prompt to correct it for a time if not "fix" it. The balcony is enclosed. At first, we weren't sure about that, but found out that it blocks out the wind blowing and the sun. Sitting on the balcony was a joy! The shore excursions we chose were wonderful. Every bus was air conditioned, comfortable, and modern. The dining venues were lovely and well-maintained. We expected more "American" food than was offered, but we certainly managed. Breakfast was our favorite meal onboard. We found the staff to be extremely friendly, and our steward very efficient. The ship is the smallest cruise ship we have been on, but most things you might want are present. Each day you have the opportunity to be off the ship experiencing Hawai'i! We did purchase a mix of excursions through NCL, and rented cars on our own in Maui (for one day) and Hilo (for an afternoon). As others have noted, tender boats are used for the Kona port. They do put a bunch of people in the tender boat at one time. Hawai'i is tropical and thus, there is a high humidity factor to go with the temperature. We found the tender boats to be quite uncomfortable. Each island is different with its own personality and offerings of beauty. Kauai, and in particular the Na pali Coastline, are just gorgeous. We chose the helicopter ride excursion over the volcanoes in Hilo. Wow!! So fabulous! We wished we had chosen to do that in Kauai. Embarkation and disembarkation were easy. We chose to walk off with our luggage and had no problems. We did purchase transfers to and from the airport. We encountered no difficulties. Couldn't have been better. NCL is waiting for you at the end of each day with cold water, and in some cases, wet washcloths. They are cheery and nice. I did appreciate the ever present person with disinfectant for your hands in the buffet and when returning to the ship. You do need your government ID at every port and your ship card. This trip takes quite a bit of advance planning if you wish to strike out on your own and not go on an excursion. Have a positive, excited attitude, be flexible, and you will have a most wonderful time! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
We wanted to cruise the Hawaiian Islands and heard Norwegian did a great job. The staff and the food in the Skyline dining room was great. Our cabin steward, Andrew was very friendly and accommodating. We also found the rest of the staff ... Read More
We wanted to cruise the Hawaiian Islands and heard Norwegian did a great job. The staff and the food in the Skyline dining room was great. Our cabin steward, Andrew was very friendly and accommodating. We also found the rest of the staff on the ship to be very upbeat and friendly. The entertainment was one of the best compared to other cruises we have taken. The only disappointments were the cabin size and the food in the Aloha Café which was fair and often only lukewarm. The service at the pool was poor due to understaffing. We experienced this almost every time we went to the pool. The staff in guest services was excellent in answering questions and helping us with reservations. For the most part the excursions were very good, except too much time was spent at the Aquarium on the "Best of Maui" excursion. We would have liked to spend more time sightseeing. Overall, the cruise was very good! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2019
We chose Pride of America because there wasn't an alternative for just cruising around the Hawaiian Islands. The alternate requires cruising from the North American west coast with 4 wasted days at sea. The most disappointing aspect ... Read More
We chose Pride of America because there wasn't an alternative for just cruising around the Hawaiian Islands. The alternate requires cruising from the North American west coast with 4 wasted days at sea. The most disappointing aspect on Pride of America was the quality of food offered in some of the venues. Specifically their "Italian" spot was certainly not worth any upcharge; indeed there should be a partial refund of ticket price for wasting our night there. Drinks are outrageously expensive and unlike other ships we've sailed, Pride of America. charges for bottled water. With one exception, Customer Service staff are clearly not part of the A Team. They screwed up on booking a shore excursion, they generally don't seem particularly interested in their jobs, and provided incorrect information when queried. Communications were generally pathetic and clearly the worst parts of this organization are their website and their call center. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
We were skeptical at first because we booked the cruise before reading the review. Our party really just wanted a convenient way to explore the islands without having to pack and unpack all the time. We all agreed beforehand to book a ... Read More
We were skeptical at first because we booked the cruise before reading the review. Our party really just wanted a convenient way to explore the islands without having to pack and unpack all the time. We all agreed beforehand to book a room with a balcony instead of a stateroom and decided to splurge on the Penthouse. Best decision ever!Especially for the Na Pali Coast sail by! The perks are really worth the price. We enjoyed the convenience of eating the special Cagney’s Breakfast, exploring the Island and occasionally having dinner on the balcony. The priority tendering in Kona was a real lifesaver that day. It beats standing out in the sun in the long line going back onboard the ship. The crew really made this cruise special. Our Butler Gulsen Cummings really went above and beyond each day. From dinner reservations to even car rentals she did it all! Edwin our Steward also made sure everything in the cabin was taken care of. Both of them always greeted us with a smile and chatted with us every morning and evening to make sure all was well. China(the Hawaiian Cultural ambassador) also added a unique aspect to the cruise. We enjoyed her lei making classes, port talks, and other various activities throughout the week and the Aloha Polynesia show. Its a blast. There are only a few minor complaints for our experience. Given the age of the ship the shower took a little while to drain. It took a while to get the Bartenders attention on the pool deck, but at other venues the response was average. The Vegas show was unbearably loud the night we went hopefully thats a one off thing. Despite the minor complaints the overall cruise was enjoyable. Its not a glitzy cruise with a ton of onboard attractions, but if you just want to explore the islands and have a place to unwind after being in the sun all day then I would recommend this cruise and staying in a suite. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2019
Overall I had a good time on the ship but the entertainment needs work. I was very disappointed to see that the night club had no DJ and just an oldies playlist every night. I went on the ship with two girlfriends in our early 30s and we ... Read More
Overall I had a good time on the ship but the entertainment needs work. I was very disappointed to see that the night club had no DJ and just an oldies playlist every night. I went on the ship with two girlfriends in our early 30s and we were the youngest people on the ship besides a few young children. Without a proper dance club, there was often not much for us to do on the ship. We enjoyed the martini tasting and drinking on the deck but at night there was nothing for us to do and after 10:30 am the ship was a ghost town. The thriller dance flash mob with Richie was the highlight of our trip and I appreciated Richie's high energy and enthusiasm. The white hot dance party was the best night on the cruise too. The shows were a good C+ and were not worth it. The habachi grill was AMAZING and the diner was nice to have 24-7. The cruise staff was excellent everywhere we went and we enjoyed getting to know the staff. The bar staff in the Madri Gras lounge helped make our nights fun even when the music was horrible. Roberts Hawaii is the way to go for excursions and the luau in Kauai was SO worth it! If I didn't have the drink package which saved me a lot of money than I probably would have not survived. It was fun but next time I'm going on Carnival... Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
This is an ideal cruise for anyone who has not been to Hawaii or for anyone that has been to Hawaii but hasn't been to each island. Don't worry too much about your room or location - save your $ and spend it wisely exploring all ... Read More
This is an ideal cruise for anyone who has not been to Hawaii or for anyone that has been to Hawaii but hasn't been to each island. Don't worry too much about your room or location - save your $ and spend it wisely exploring all that each Hawaii Island has to offer. We rented a car in Maui, Hilo and Kauai and thoroughly enjoyed the overnight stays in Maui and Kauai. CABIN - Mid Ship Ocean View - Room 4582 Although we had initially booked and inside stateroom on the 4th deck, we were successful in our upgrade bid to a mid-ship ocean view cabin. This was also on the 4th deck. Our prior cruise rooms have always been in a balcony. We really liked our room location as it was 1 deck up from where you left/or got on the ship each morning. It was also only a few rooms from the stairs and elevators. However, the bathroom in the mid-ship ocean view room we had was way too small. My wife and I are not overweight, but felt very claustrophobic in the shower and tiny sink/toilet area. There is plenty of closet space and 4 drawers and assorted shelf area where you will have more than enough room. This would be a 5 star room if the bathroom were a bit bigger. DINING - MDR and 2 Specialty We ate dinner in the MDR Liberty (2 nights) and Skyline (2 nights) and 1 night each at Cagney's & Moderno, with dinner out 1 night while in Kauai (The Beach House). We had breakfast at the buffet a few mornings, as well as, breakfast at Skyline a few times and Cadillac Diner once. Lunch was at the buffet or the Key West Bar/Grill. Overall - we were pleased with the food, but have had better on other NCL ships. I liked the layout of the buffet and the amount of space available to get a table. SERVICE - Room and ship staff Our room steward was very nice, but failed on a few occasions to give us the extra bath towel we requested for each day. This wasn't too big of a deal as we ended up using the pool/beach towels that were more than plentiful each day. We had fairly good service in the dining rooms, with exceptional service from the wait staff in Cagney's and Moderno. I did have an issue with many of the bars as they seemed understaffed and were unable to handle the volume of people. However, they were respectful and understanding to each patron. This was our first cruise as "Platinum" and were rewarded with 2 free specialty dining meals (Moderno & Cagney's) but were never provided with our coupons to use, thus having to inquire at Guest Services when the high $ showed on our bill at the end of the cruise. Unfortunately, I had to wait in GS for almost 30-minutes, only to be told to go to the restaurant reservation staff, which was not able to help me, and then told to go to the Cruise Next member, Lauren, who had double duty as the Latitudes contact also. Lauren was able to rectify the issue and get the charges off of our bill. I would think that in this day of technology, that NCL would have a better grasp of being able to add certain Latitude perks to a person's ship card. PORTS OAHU (Honolulu & Waikiki) Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, Waikiki Beaches and plenty of great restaurants, shops and bars. The beaches are spectacular and we enjoyed our day prior to the cruise and the day after the cruise as well. MAUI My wife and I spent our honeymoon on Maul back in 1985. We enjoyed our first day and did the Road to Hana excursion via Valley Isle Excursions (booked directly) that offered a scenic, twist and turn roads, great BBQ lunch and a memorable, yet teeth chattering experience as our tour went all the way around Hana to areas where good roads are hard to find. Our tour guide/driver, Dennis, was wonderful. We rented a car the 2nd day and went back to the hotel where we had our honeymoon. Walked around, went to a few beaches and then drove up to Kapalua Resort for a beach visit then down to Lahaina for some shopping. HILO We rented a car from the local airport and drove to Volcanoes National Park ($25 per car admission fee) and toured the areas that were open. We did a bit of hiking as well from the visitor center to the steam vents and crater views. We also drove to the lower level of the volcano and various vantage points. The drive offers some amazing views of solid lava rock that is vast across various areas of the park. The drive down to the Sea Arch area is well worth it as the rock formation is spectacular, as well as, the views looking up at the lava flow. If you decide to stop at the petroglyph area to hike, beware that it says .7 miles each way, but it does require some effort and don't forget your water. KAILUA-KONA We opted for the NCL excursion for snorkeling on the Body Glove. With our latitudes status, the price was about the same as booking direct. This tour company is first class. It is within walking distance of the pier. They had an elaborate breakfast spread of assorted fruit, pastries, bagels and yogurt, along with water and coffee. We ended up going to a different location than Red Hill, so not sure what happened with this stop. Anyway, the water was ultra clear and offered plenty of colorful fish. We also some dolphins from the ship. This tour also offered a great spread of burgers, cheeseburgers and vegan burgers, with purple potato chips. We did the early morning tour and had some free time so we decided to do the Atlantis Submarine tour directly as it was right at the pier. I would highly recommend this as well, but it is a bit steep in price ($122 pp). KAUAI We rented a car for the day and a half we were in Kauai. Our first day, we drove up to Waimea Canyon while stopping at the various locations in the park. There is a $5 parking fee that will cover you at each of the parks assorted lots. We were lucky as we got there pretty early (around 10:00) and beat the big tour buses and crowds. Make sure you drive to Kalalau Lookout for one of the most spectacular views you will ever see. It is only about 20-minutes from the main parking lot area via car. Since we had plenty of time on our 1st day, we googled beaches on Kauai and chose to drive up to Polihale State Park. Just FYI - I suggest only going here if you have a jeep or some other type of larger vehicle. We, however, had a Hyundai Elantra, and had no idea what was in store for the teeth-chattering drive (about 20-minutes) over a rutted, pot-holed gravel road, that brought us to one of the most beautiful and secluded beaches you will ever see. Once you arrive, the sand to get to the beach is "VERY HOT" so make sure you have proper footwear. Our 2nd day, we drove up the north shore area to Princeville and viewed the sites and did some shopping. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
Had a great Time! Travel agent of 32 years, Been to Hawaii quite a few times. I thought it was great for being a older ship. Great for first timers, honeymooners, Family or groups. If your use to 5 or 6 star cruise ships this is not for ... Read More
Had a great Time! Travel agent of 32 years, Been to Hawaii quite a few times. I thought it was great for being a older ship. Great for first timers, honeymooners, Family or groups. If your use to 5 or 6 star cruise ships this is not for you. We had a mid-ship interior, sound proof was good compared to other ships. Shower was compariable to other ships. Erika- Great cabin Steward. Jami -cruise director was Wonderful!! China- Hawaii Ambassador-Was FANTASTIC!!! learned so much from her. Did Skyline and Liberty Dining room everyday. Entrees were good, some desserts need help. 96 percent of wait-staff was nice to us, a lot of them work very hard, 7 days a wk, 8 months straight. standard on most ships. Maui- Rented car from Hertz-Maui hotel .Walk 4 long blocks or take Uber there. Shuttle only M-F. Sat till 2p only. After hrs drop off on Sundays. Airport is 9 mins from pier-reach by taxi or Uber only. Hilo- Took $20 shuttle off Pier to downtown Hilo, gardens, Rainbow Falls, Candy Factory and 2 Beach stops on Hoppa on Hoppa off shuttle- very organized. Kona- not able to tender in due to waves, we spent more time in Kauai. Napili coast was AMAZING, you can take pictures either going or the return trip off the coast. Kauai-Took Free shuttle to Wal-Mart, Hilo Hattie's- 4min walk between the two, Harbor shops and Anchor Cove shops- great Beach right behind (walking distance), ABC stores-great place to pick up everything. Took Trolley from Harbor Shops-$50 pp to tour some of the island, open air seating 2 1/2 hrs Great Tour!. China such a wonderful lady, had classes on making real flower leis, Kukui nut and Ribbon Leis, Loved every single class. We learned the Hula and line dancing-what a workout! Entertainment was good- Broadway like shows-new crew. We planned where we boarded around 3p and unloaded the ship (around 9am) no lines, very easy. We used a transport chair for my mom to get around easy thru elevators and shows and to the cabin with no problems. We took Uber from Pier to Waikiki (about $20.00) 10mins. There is a Locker storage at the Pier $5 per bag ,they hold bags till 5pm. closed 10a-11a for lunch. We had a FANTASTIC Trip and we would go BACK! Thank you NCL!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2019
This is the second time we've sailed on The Pride of America. The first time was in 2007. We just returned home from our second time. Overall the cruise was wonderful! This is our 6th time sailing with Norwegian, so we're aware ... Read More
This is the second time we've sailed on The Pride of America. The first time was in 2007. We just returned home from our second time. Overall the cruise was wonderful! This is our 6th time sailing with Norwegian, so we're aware of the expectations. We sat at poolside, relaxing and wanting to have some drinks. The bar staff walking the deck ignored us. I don't mind going to the bar to get our own drinks, but isn't that what they're being paid to do? The Aloha Lanai was usually dirty. We had to clean dirty dishes from tables on our own just to sit. I attempted to review the cruise via the email link. I was less than 50% finished when it sent me to a place to register for the survey link. I did so, but afterward it wouldn't allow me to continue my post-cruise survey. (I wasn't giving all very good and excellent ratings.) Our room steward, Kirsten, was beyond excellent! Bar staff and restaurant staff who excelled were Karyn, Krista, Matthew, and Rusdala. Phillip at guest services was always helpful and happy. This cruise fell short of our expectations considering our previous cruises with Norwegian. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
Pride of America ship was nice. Heard it was smaller than what my friends normally travel in but it was nice. Had two pools and bars on the outside deck areas aft and mid-ship. I love the fitness and spa (I worked out 5 out of the 7 days) ... Read More
Pride of America ship was nice. Heard it was smaller than what my friends normally travel in but it was nice. Had two pools and bars on the outside deck areas aft and mid-ship. I love the fitness and spa (I worked out 5 out of the 7 days) Gym junkie. Cabin - I was on the 8th floor with partially obstructed view. Even though I couldn't see much, the cabin was big enough and the sun light was nice to have. Entertainment and Activities - LOTS of them. If you're bored, that's a personal problem. They have lots to do, you can't even make all of the activities. Loved it. I wish they had better music though. I think the White Hot party was the best. Lost of older folks so if you're in your 30's it was a bit of a drag for party time. But we made the best of it. Dinning - was amazing. Liberty was great quality food and experience. I also loved going to Cadilac ( this was delicious, the loaded fries, wings and burgers were delish!) Service - the staff is SUPERB! Didn't have anyone being rude. My cabin service lady was amazing, thank you Margaret! Ports and Shore excursions - amazing. Getting on and off at the ports was very smooth. NCL had everything there for us. Excursions were great, very well planned. Felt SUPRE safe!!! I traveled with 3 friends and their teenage daughters. The girls roamed around and had their own teen center and lots of activities to keep them busy. They did complain a bit about not enough teens or the person at the teen center being extremely strict. (they can definitely work on that) I would definitely go again!!!! yes! Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
Sadly, NCL currently has the market cornered when it comes to Hawaiian cruises. No complimentary transportation to or from the airport to the ship. $30 for a 5 mile taxi ride each way. From the minute you step on the ship you are charged ... Read More
Sadly, NCL currently has the market cornered when it comes to Hawaiian cruises. No complimentary transportation to or from the airport to the ship. $30 for a 5 mile taxi ride each way. From the minute you step on the ship you are charged for something. As if paying over $4000 for a room is not enough for them, they also hit you for an additional $15.67 per person PER day for "services and fees". Our room was supposed to be cleaned daily. It was not. They made the bed. The sheets were to be changed every 2 days. They were not. They changed them once. There were enough cheerios under our bed for a meal, and apparently glass cleaner is an unknown substance here. Small hand prints on the mirrors were there from day 1. (probably from the same ones who left the Cheerios) Greasy head prints on the mirror behind the bed. Mirrors in the elevators and deck windows were filthy. The food was fair, depending upon where you ate. They actually charge you for internet, and a 20% gratuity fee automatically on every drink and food purchase you make. Poor service? Too bad. You are paying that gratuity regardless. Drinks are over priced and weak. Alcoholic drink packages, if you wanted to purchase them, were $100 per day per person and all adults in the same room were required to purchase it. Off shore excursions were very expensive, and were also hit with taxes, even if you prescheduled them prior to the cruise. . Boarding and deboarding for these excursions were very chaotic and unorganized. Doing construction on a door during breakfast hours in one of the buffet rooms. Couldn't this be done at night when the dining area was closed? The workers live on the ship. It's not like they have 9-5 hours. They closed down the one and only popcorn maker because "they needed the outlet to run their power tools". We saw a worker changing the lights above the state rooms wearing a mask. The insulation he pulled out was left in front of our doors in the hallway for a couple of hours before it was finally swept up. Again, in the busy middle of the day when people are tracking it throughout the ship. As a fare well gift, they were actually charging people a $20 fee to print their airline tickets. Staff was pleasant for the most part and work very long hours. When another cruise line starts offering these Hawaiian cruises, NCl is going to suffer dramatically. We literally met not one person on this ship who said that they would ever use this cruise line again. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
I have never been to Hawaii so this cruise seemed like a great way to see most of the islands. We booked a 'package deal' that included airfare (we were travelling with another couple and NCL managed to book each couple on ... Read More
I have never been to Hawaii so this cruise seemed like a great way to see most of the islands. We booked a 'package deal' that included airfare (we were travelling with another couple and NCL managed to book each couple on completely different airlines! Our travel agent spend 3 hours on the phone with NCL correcting this mess), The trip included a one night stay in the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. Checking in and navigating around this giant resort was quite the chore not to mention the place was very crowded. The check in counter is outdoors (in the heat and humidity) and a good 1/4 mile from the bus drop off point. That's a long way to drag your luggage! The check in lines were VERY long and required nearly 30 minutes just to complete this task. The the building that housed our room was another trek via narrow twisted paths. Total time from bus to room was over an hour. We finally settled into our room on the 13th floor, which was very nice. We were up the next morning ready to go to the cruise terminal. There was a luggage service that took our bags to the buss that morning so we didn't have to drag them 1/4 mile this time. I need to mention that there is only one 'cruise port' in Hawaii in Honolulu. All the other stops are at decrepit freight ports and there is little to nothing nearby any of these stops (except Kona, which is tendered and has shops nearby). Our cabin was on deck 4 (ocean view). We weren't willing to pay an additional $1000 for a balcony. Most of the cabin was in good repair. (one of the shelf rails fell off so we put it up out of the way) We were mid-ship Starboard side just far enough from the elevators so we couldn't hear them. The remainder of the ship was in decent repair. The food was just OK. The buffet station layout was nothing short of pure chaos, forcing people to constantly cross paths to find their selections and similar food items were scattered about. (sausage on one station, bacon on another; bread on one station, pastries on another) the main dining rooms were nice and the 'anytime dining' went well with minimum wait times.(we ate later at 7PM to avoid the rush) Day 2 Our first stop was Kahului, Maui. We opted for the shore excursion 'Lahaina On Your Own'. This is a 30-40 minute bus ride to (and from) Lahaina. HA. Lahaina is a fairly typical tourist town that you might see on any cruise. One main street lined with the usual souvenir, clothing shops and restaurants. The town was nice and clean and right on the ocean so a cooling breeze was prominent even though it was quite hot that day. We did some shopping, ate lunch and returned to the drop off point to wait for the bus back to the ship. Day 3 was at Hilo, Hawaii. We chose the land based Hoppa on- Hoppa off bus ride for $20 per person. As we drove through town, there seemed to be more closed store fronts than open ones. The first stop was at a park across from a few (open) shops and a farmer's market. There were 7 stops total, 2 at beaches. Read more about it here: http://www.hop-onhop-offhilobus.com/Trolley-Tour.html Day 4 was Kona, Hawaii, a tendered stop. There were shops near the drop off pier but we opted for the 'Kona by land and Sea' tour so were not able to shop near the pier but were immediately loaded onto a bus instead. This tour went to a Kona coffee factory, a national park, a church, then back to the pier for a cruise on a catamaran (that included lunch). The buss tour portion was cut short because the driver managed to get the bus stuck on an incline at the coffee factory. We had to wait for an hour and a half for another bus to pick us up. This delay caused us to skip the church stop altogether and cut the available stop time at the national park down to 30 minutes. NCL did refund a whopping $9 for this sponsored tour issue. Day 5 we arrived at Nawiliwilli, Kauai. We rented a car there because there is basically nothing else available at this port. Our travelling companions had been to Hawaii several years before and wanted to go to a particular beach (again) on this island. After driving for 1-1/2 hours we discovered that the beach was available on a reservation basis only. We were not aware of this change so we were turned away. We were able to stop at a different beach a ways down the road. After some swimming and snorkeling, we stopped at Hanalei Center, ate lunch and did the usual tourist shopping. Day 6 was CRUISE NAPALI COAST (more or less a sea day). Beautiful coastline with high cliffs and many 'sea caves'. Day 7, disembark and transfer to airport. All in all it was a nice vacation. If I visit Hawaii again, I will do something different. This cruise was nice but it's a "been there, done that" sort of thing not worth a second try. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
My family wanted to go to Hawaii on a cruise so we would not be packing and unpacking and flying from island to island. We were told by several friends that The Pride of America has the best itinerary. The ship was amazingly clean. The ... Read More
My family wanted to go to Hawaii on a cruise so we would not be packing and unpacking and flying from island to island. We were told by several friends that The Pride of America has the best itinerary. The ship was amazingly clean. The crew works tirelessly and pleasantly. There are many quiet nooks on the ship for relaxing conversations. The entertainment was good and there were plenty of activities for all ages. Getting on and off the ship is amazingly organized and efficient. There are many dining options. (Our only criticism that the food in La Cuchina took a long time to be served. There were 15 of us so I realize that can be difficult but some us finished our meal before others were even served). At most ports we did our own excursions - rented cars to go to out of the way beaches, charted a catamaran and spent a day snorkeling, etc. I really did not think I would enjoy being on a large ship but NCL does it right. I recommend this cruise to anyone that wants to visit Hawaii. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
Was very excited for this cruise and being able to see all of the different islands. Embarkation was very smooth, and we were able to get into our rooms with 3 hours of getting on the boat. Luggage also showed up early evening which was ... Read More
Was very excited for this cruise and being able to see all of the different islands. Embarkation was very smooth, and we were able to get into our rooms with 3 hours of getting on the boat. Luggage also showed up early evening which was impressive. I do not believe that the stewards had enough time to turn around rooms, as room was not as clean as we were used to when we first arrived, however, got better the next day and coming days. Steward was always very nice when we saw him in the hallway. When we first arrived, the balcony had not been cleaned (hair was left, along with sand/dirt). The one main reason I am rating this experience less than average was because of the food. The price for this cruise is significantly more expensive than others (Caribbean), but the food was beyond disappointing. Each meal in the Aloha Cafe left little to be desired. Breakfast was identical each morning and lunch had a few changes, but overall the poor quality remained the same. We had dinner in two specialty restaurants and the Skyline and Liberty in the evenings. Our experience has been that the seated dining rooms have consistent top quality food, but even those dining rooms were below average in taste. We ate at Cagney’s steakhouse on the last evening, I had the Fisherman Platter and my husband had Prime Rib. The starters and salad were the best meal of the entire cruise, but main course fish and steak were again below average. Steak was dry and bland, and fish had a very fishy frozen taste to it. Moderna Dining was consistent across the meal, and the most satisfying and consistent across the board for the entire dining experience. The entertainment was average, we spent most of our evenings in the Wine Bar and Pink’s Champagne Bar. The Wine Bar had a great selection and the sommelier was extremely knowledgeable. If you are a wine drinker, this is a must do experience if on this ship. Pink’s has live music every night, which was better after a few beverages. The other significant item we noticed was the staff. In uniform, there was an instance that a staff member came through and yelled to another staff member across the Gold Rush Saloon to a female staff member, “How do you like your eggs? Fertilized?!” My husband and I were the only ones in the dining area and I’m sure he didn’t realize as he was walking through, but unprofessional while in uniform. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
My mother purchased a 8 day/7 night cruise of the Hawaiian Islands for her children and grandchildren. There were 17 in our party. We have been to Honolulu many times, so we flew in the day of departure. Embarkation was smooth. We ... Read More
My mother purchased a 8 day/7 night cruise of the Hawaiian Islands for her children and grandchildren. There were 17 in our party. We have been to Honolulu many times, so we flew in the day of departure. Embarkation was smooth. We chose the free-style / walk-off disembarkation which was smooth. I was surprised at the amount of visible rust and other maintenance issues on the ship (more run-down than expected) Our cabin (for three) was of course small - two twin beds locked together for two of us, one hide-a-bed / couch. Both were very stiff and uncomfortable to sleep on. We ate meals in the main dining rooms (Liberty / Skyline) and Aloha (mainly Aloha for breakfast). Aloha and Skyline are cruise-casual - Liberty requires slightly dressier attire. In general the food was fair. Service in the main dining room was very good. We did not participate in any on-board ship organized activities or entertainment. Too short a cruise / we enjoyed time off the ship too much. Kaua'i by far was our favorite island - and we wish we could have spent more time there. In our party, the youngest child was 6 months old - and the crew was fantastic with him! I had the following issues with the cruise: 1. Access to the internet via WiFi should have been free in public areas of the ship and in staterooms. With current technology, even on a ship via satellite there is no reason this should not be the case. 2. One day in Aloha, we unfolded a cloth napkin containing silverware – and found someone’s used gum. Gross. 3. Our cabin steward was pleasant – but really didn’t do a great job in making up our room / paying attention to our requests (for instance – if we ask for ice every evening – start automatically providing ice) 4. The non-alcoholic drink package was priced ridiculously high... 5. Mandatory service gratuities were not welcome – By default I provide gratuity for service rendered – and when service is exceptional, the provided gratuity always reflects that. The mandatory gratuity caused me to re-think providing additional gratuity in some cases -even when probably warranted. 6. We were told you could not bring outside beverages (even water bottles) on board – only to watch passenger after passenger carrying closed beverages onboard (even gallon water jugs) Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
We had one night pre-cruise accommodation provided through NCL at Hilton Hawaiian Village. We had to book another night, as direct flights only arrived on the Thursday. HHV is a very expensive over priced crowded resort. As Hilton Honors ... Read More
We had one night pre-cruise accommodation provided through NCL at Hilton Hawaiian Village. We had to book another night, as direct flights only arrived on the Thursday. HHV is a very expensive over priced crowded resort. As Hilton Honors gold, we were supposed to get free breakfast, but at this resort it was $10 each credit, which barely bought a coffee. They only gave it to us for our paid night - not the night booked through NCL. I had tried emailing the resort prior to connecting the two bookings, but received no response on numerous attempts. It took a long time at reception to connect the bookings. They eventually put us in the same room for both nights after a lot of computer tapping. We had booked a partial ocean view - a distant view if you were on the balcony. We also had a distant view of the rooftop luau on the Thursday night. Though entitled to an upgrade, we ended up with the same room for the two nights. Considering we booked a 2 bedroom suite for 4 people on the cruise, it seemed inadequate that we only had one room with 2 double beds - not really enough space for 4 people. The resort is a very busy place. Everything was extra, including beach lounges and non-motorised activities, despite the fact we paid a "resort fee". We thought we would have an excellent view of the fireworks, being at the actual resort, but there are sooo many people there, it was very hard to find a good vantage point. Post cruise we stayed in central Waikiki with beachfront views for a far better price! We were pre-booked on the free ship shuttle with no choice of departure time. We asked to be earlier than our allocated time but were told that would only be possible if there were cancellations. We did end up leaving early, by going down and seeing what was available. I am not sure why they don't let people select their departure time. Things improved dramatically on arrival at the ship. As suite guests, we were accompanied to the special check in lounge and the process was very seamless. We didn't have a chance to have the provided morning tea as the ship was ready to board. We were escorted straight to Cagney's for lunch. The menu was as I remembered it - very nice food and service. We ate breakfast there every morning and lunch there when we were on the ship (not often). We had pre-booked some of our dinner bookings, but not necessarily for the right times and numbers. We gave our wish list to our butler, who managed to sort them all to the same times. We ate at Teppanyaki (excellent), Le Bistro/Jefferson's (excellent) and Moderno (OK) as we had platinum vouchers and the 3 meal dining package to combine. We tried East meets West, but preferred the main dining room for our other nights. Overall the food was excellent and the service was fine. Do check your charges, as they recorded them against the incorrect person e.g. photos, meal charges on several occasions. Day 1 - After lunch, we took a walk to downtown Honolulu which was a waste of time. Not much open or happening. Day 2 - Maui. We hired a car from Hertz. There was supposed to be a shuttle, but we did not see one after waiting a while. We tried to ring the depot at the Maui Beach hotel, but it was constantly busy. In the end, we walked there which was about 15 minutes. It took forever to actually get the car. We drove up to the Iao Valley and took the short uphill climb to the needle. We couldn't get a park in the $5 carpark, so walked from a roadside park. After that we went to Lahaina, paying $5 to park for the day. We walked along the foreshore to the Banyan tree, had lunch, shopped at the outlets and had a look around.We stopped at a beach for a swim and some turtles joined us. Day 3 - Maui - NCL Molokini crater & turtle snorkel. If you are prone to sea sickness on mid-size boats, be prepared. The snorkelling was OK if you could get away from the mob of people, a lot who could barely swim! At the second stop, I managed to have a great view of a turtle, but there were not a lot there for the number of people. Day 4 - Hilo - We had been to the Volcanoes National Park, so we chose the NCL Waterfall & Kayak excursion. There was some confusion - NCL told us we wouldn't swim at all. The tour guide told us we would be in the water a lot! We paddled out in the sea, rode the waves in and then paddled up a creek to a waterfall where you could climb up and jump in the water. Excellent day out. Day 5 - Kona. Tender port. We walked around the town. Visited the markets, but very hot there. Walked up to the brewery and tried a few without doing the tour. Again, very hot there, so headed for a cooler spot on the waterfront. (Last time we did the cruise, we did the Zodiac snorkel at this port - excellent.) Day 6 - Kauai. We hired a car from Hertz. What a contrasting experience. Shuttles were frequent and we walked in, were told our keys were in the car, the car park number and we were on our way! We drove north, stopping at Wailua falls, Opaeka'a falls, Hanalei and some of the other beaches across the northern and eastern coast. (We went to the canyon last time). Day 7 - Kauai - Beach day at the nearby resort in the morning followed by Napali Coast in the afternoon. Good views and plenty of time to see the coast. We had one suite party which only went for half an hour. No beer served! Only sparkling wine. The latitudes function was the same, they roped off part of the back bar. We only made it to some of the shows which were pleasant enough. There was a not a lot on offer for day time activities - they assume everyone is off the ship. We didn't see any cruise staff. We played shuffleboard one afternoon, but had to wait as only one set of equipment. Disembarkation was busy but easy enough. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
We chose this cruise because we didn’t want to spend a lot of our time on the seas, but did want a “taste” of all the islands. Our originating flight was delayed, and we missed our connecting flight from LA to Honolulu. We had minor ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we didn’t want to spend a lot of our time on the seas, but did want a “taste” of all the islands. Our originating flight was delayed, and we missed our connecting flight from LA to Honolulu. We had minor difficulty getting the transportation from the airport to the ship. It would have been nice to have an emergency telephone number to call. We caught a later flight out of LA, and made it to the ship 30 minutes before sailing. By the way the flights were all booked thru NCL. Enjoyed our balcony cabin very much, for us it was well worth the cost, to order breakfast munchies and watch the ship being docked in port, as well as scenic views of the islands. Loved the fact that the staff was mostly American, and liked that they shared their hometowns with us. We went on excursions almost everyday, and enjoyed especially the ones with Darin in Maui. We also went to most of the shows, and they well all top rate for cruise entertainment. One of our fellow travelers had difficulties walking long distances and that walk thru the terminals at Maui was hard for her, it would have helped to have a wheelchair available. Lastly we extended our stay in Honolulu, to have time to see Pearl Harbor, at the Hilton, it would have been nice for a representative to accompany our group to the check in desk. The bus drop off is a long hot walk from the check in. And it would have helped if a wheelchair was there to assist her. All in all I gave our once in our lifetime trip a 4 stars rating. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
The cruise was a wonderful way to see multiple Hawaiian islands without having to pack and unpack and change hotels multiple times. The food was good and the service was excellent. Our balcony cabin for three was too tight. Even with two ... Read More
The cruise was a wonderful way to see multiple Hawaiian islands without having to pack and unpack and change hotels multiple times. The food was good and the service was excellent. Our balcony cabin for three was too tight. Even with two people it would have been too tight because the space to walk between the foot of the bed and the wall was too narrow. An additional 18” would have made a huge difference Luckily you spend most of your time off of the boat. The staff and activities were fine. The boat is attractive and clean. The entertainment was ok. The shore excursions were expensive-especially since we were x3. We opted to rent cars in most ports of call and see the sights. That worked out well. The rental car places were either close to port or provided a shuttle. We had NCL book our flights and a 2 day extension at Hilton Hawaiian Village. This was a mistake. The airfare was no lower than what I could have booked, but it was convenient and I wanted to make sure it coordinated well with embarkation. Even though the seats were paid for months in advance and were not basic economy or discount seats, our flight to Hawaii was very disappointing. The airline said that the seats purchased by the airline could not be assigned until we checked in, but that they would be good seats—this was not the case. They were literally assigned 15 minutes before we boarded and were in the last row and did not recline. This is not acceptable for a long trip like a flight to Hawaii. Our day started at 1:00am in East Texas. We drove to Dallas and caught our 6:00am flight to LAX still with unassigned seats for our LAX to HNL flight. It was frustrating not knowing if we were going to have seats or not when we arrived in LAX. What we were charged for the Hilton in HNL was more than I could have booked it for myself. I would suggest getting your own plane tickets and your own hotel if you are extending your stay. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
We chose this cruise because we wanted to see all of the Hawaiian Islands and take our son and his family on an amazing family vacation. Having been on several other cruises, the ship was very disappointing. I was told at booking that ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to see all of the Hawaiian Islands and take our son and his family on an amazing family vacation. Having been on several other cruises, the ship was very disappointing. I was told at booking that there were no cabins that would accommodate 7 people so I booked a suite with an adjoining cabin. Upon arrival they wanted to split up my family. Those booked in the suite got extra privileges and the 3 booked in the adjoining cabin were separated off from our party. Until I complained, they didn't even want to let us check-in together. And then, to find out the ship actually had two bedroom family suites that would accommodate 8 .... I was not a happy camper! The spa was very disappointing. Not enough people to make getting appointments very easy. And the service in the dining rooms ,.... Oh, don't get me started. Everywhere I went I wanted to tell people to just smile. At least that would make me feel like you enjoyed your job and wanted to be there. When I booked the cruise I was told that the kids would be given kids menus in the specialty dining restaurants but I wasn't told that it was the same menu for all of them ... hamburger, hotdog or chicken nuggets. Very embarrassing to ask my grand-daughters to eat that while we were enjoying our meals, especially the Teppenyaki. Shame on me for expecting restaurant appropriate kid menus. like similar options with maybe smaller portions???? AND the upcharge for your kids to eat is $39.95 EACH. They charged us $120.00 plus automatic 18% gratuity for a 6, 8 and 10 year old to eat at the Teppenyaki I will say that the service at Moderno Brazillian Restaurant was excellent and our last night at the Liberty Dining Room was good. Other than that, smile people!! It can't be that bad!! And the time it takes to get served .... crazy long. We actually gave up and started eating at the Aloha Buffet. You just can't get young kids to sit and wait that long to get food in the dining rooms and restaurants. Because we had a suite, we had a butler for the guests in the suite and she was amazing! She didn't separate us off from each other and took care of all of us. For our kids, it was their first cruise so other than the time it took to get food service in the dining rooms, they thought it was amazing. We booked on NCL because we had been on a cruise on the Getaway last year and had a great time and great experience. This time, not so much! It seemed like the attitude was "hey, it's Hawaii, what more do you want"? Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
This was the one cruise line that visited the islands we wanted to see. It offered a good itinerary for Oahu, Maui, the Big Island and Kauai. Our cabin was small, but it had a balcony and a comfy king sized bed. The shower and bathroom ... Read More
This was the one cruise line that visited the islands we wanted to see. It offered a good itinerary for Oahu, Maui, the Big Island and Kauai. Our cabin was small, but it had a balcony and a comfy king sized bed. The shower and bathroom were tiny. The room steward for us (no.8656) kept the room immaculate. Early on, the shower drain plugged up flooding the bathroom floor and it took 2 calls to guest services for them to send someone. Next time we'll page the room steward directly! As we all know the cruise ships have upped the price for excursions so we bypassed most, renting a car ourselves, which was easily done. They do nickle and dime you, any other coffee other than decaf. or regular were a separate charge for instance. Our cruise included free transportation from the west coast, but think twice before using it. That section was horrible to get a hold of and scheduled us for a connecting flight starting at 5:30 am. The food was quite good, usually, although the buffet selections cooled off too quickly for those who like their food hot. Some of the staff in charge of certain stations lacked the knowledge of what ingredients they were serving, too. A more polished team took care of the main restaurants. Our one special night out at the French bistro was disappointing. Not enough staff led to very slow, inattentive service. They were trying to serve us a dessert after we wanted the check. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
Went on the NCL Pride of America. Nice way to see all the Islands. I wasn't impressed with the ship. Need some updating. Windows were cloudy and bolts around the window could use a nice trim to hide and the bolts. The staff was ... Read More
Went on the NCL Pride of America. Nice way to see all the Islands. I wasn't impressed with the ship. Need some updating. Windows were cloudy and bolts around the window could use a nice trim to hide and the bolts. The staff was very friendly but, some could use a hair brush and look more professional. The food was ok. Entertainment was ok. Ordered beer a few times and it was warm. The bathroom smelled like old urine even after we asked for the bathroom to be cleaned again when we checked into our cabin. I heard many people the first day complaining about the ship and several days after. We made the best of it and had a nice time. For the amount of money we paid to take this trip, it would have been nice for the ship to be in better condition. I love Royal Caribbean cruise line. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
We like the idea of seeing four different islands in one week, with one flight (paid for by NCL) and only unpacking once, and it worked out great. This was our second NCL cruise — we cruised Southeast Alaska six years ago — and once ... Read More
We like the idea of seeing four different islands in one week, with one flight (paid for by NCL) and only unpacking once, and it worked out great. This was our second NCL cruise — we cruised Southeast Alaska six years ago — and once again the food, cabin and service/friendliness of the employees was great. On this trip, other than the first day (Saturday) and final day (Friday), most of your days will be spent ashore, exploring and experiencing the islands, so amenities like the pool, spa and exercise areas aren't needed or used. If you're going to swim in saltwater, let it be on the beautiful beaches of Hawaii! We rented cars for the two overnight stops, Maui and Kauai, and saw what we wanted on our schedule. You'll need to make sure you have a place to park the car overnight ... which was much easier in Kauai than in Maui (there is a mall relatively close to the ship in Kauai which rents out overnight parking for $20 ... worth it). On the Big Island stops, Hilo has a free shuttle from the port to town, which is quite a long walk with sidewalks under construction. From there, we found our own tour that stopped at many of the city's highlight attractions — saving quite a bit of money from if we would have booked through NCL. In Kona, you'll have to tender to and from the ship, and this process takes a bit of time unless you're up early. To NCL's credit, they had cups of water and cold towels for you while you waited in line for the return tender trip in the hot afternoon sun. The buffet worked fine for us, especially for a quick breakfast before heading out each day. There were always seats on the open-air back deck, usually with good views. And we had no problem finding tables for two for dinner at the Skyline and Liberty restaurants (we usually ate around 8 p.m.; if you like to eat earlier or have a larger group, I would reserve your times more in advance). Plenty of good food choices and the staff was Finally, while we didn't see a show every night, most of the ones we saw were good — especially the "These Guys Worldwide" singing group, backed by the ship's house band. I wish they could have played longer! If you're a first-time visitor to Hawaii and want to experience several sites in one trip, I would highly recommend this cruise. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
We stayed in large balcony cabin 12506 on the Pride of America. The cabin was amazing! HUGE balcony - three sunbeds (we asked for an additional one as we were three in a room) and a full table and chairs. It was the right side to view the ... Read More
We stayed in large balcony cabin 12506 on the Pride of America. The cabin was amazing! HUGE balcony - three sunbeds (we asked for an additional one as we were three in a room) and a full table and chairs. It was the right side to view the Na Pali coast from the comfort of your balcony. Bingo! Plenty of space for the three of us and a curtain to separate the sofa bed from the queen bed. Large closet and loads of hanging. Nespresso machine for coffee. Beautiful Bvlgari toiletries in the small bathroom. Larry was our fabulous steward. We had a butler and concerige as well. We had ice and canapés every day. The butler also emptied the fridge for us and provided fresh milk for us to have with the coffee and bigger cups. He escorted us off the ship fast on the day we left and on the tender day at Kona. This was helpful. He was happy to make reservations for us but we did most of these before we left via the app. We also had priority seating in the theatre and the Conceirge took you to your seats each night which was lovely. We also used the concerige to change a dinner reservation when the dining room couldn’t move it for us. The ship is a little dated but they’re working hard to keep it freshened up, they were always painting and cleaning and it was spotless. 90% of the crew were helpful and lovely and keen to do a good job. We met two rude waiters who had a bit of attitude but that was it. We’ve had better food, but it was just fine. Cagney’s breakfast was good. We had a package with three premium dining, water package and drinks package - id strongly recommend this. We also had onboard credit and bought a set of binoculars- decent price and highly recommended. I did a few stretch and flex classes and they were excellent. The gym was good. The shows were all fun that we saw - we passed on the magician - he was a bit lame. I won the bingo! That was fun. The comedian was quite funny but it was very old fashioned misogynistic humour that grated. My husband enjoyed it though! These Guys WorldWide were very good - excellent choice of music. Go on the first night as they put on a showcase of all the entertainment so you can decide what you might want to see later in the week. Ship excursions were exorbitant- we did our own thing and it was easy to navigate round. If you’ve read the negative reviews don’t worry you’ll have a great time if you just think of the ship as your floating hotel! We had an amazing trip and would recommend it! AIR MAUI HELICOPTER REVIEW We walked out of the port and called an Uber/Lyft from the grocery store in the mall opposite the port. The grocery store was a good place to grab some cold drinks. A helicopter trip is expensive but worth it. Make sure you take the advice and wear dark clothes, the guy in front had white writing on his black shirt and it annoyingly reflected on the windows. Didn’t spoil it. I was worried about feeling sick but it was fine. I felt very safe with the great captain. They try to flog you the obligatory photo/video package but it’s not a high pressure sell. It was expensive but it was so much cheaper than the ships tour. They had good strong Wifi there which was helpful. We got an Uber back to the ship via a great shopping mall that was nearby. We booked our tickets on the Costco US website! We live in the UK and Had to use a friend in the US’s address and credit card but that was fine she “gifted” it to us! (We had to pay her back obviously but it was fine to buy and gift the voucher to someone if you know what I mean. The price for one of us to go on the ships tour was the price for all 3 of us! Enterprise Rent A Car Maui We’d seen everything the day before from the helicopter so wanted to see it close up on land. We hired a car from the Enterprise Kahului Hana Hwy location. It’s a safe and easy walking distance from the ship just 10 minutes. Rental car Cost was $70 and we booked a Hyundai Elantra. We had a little drive along the coast. We visited Costco and they had a ton of Hawaiin shirts! You can get your fuel there if you need to as well. Renting the car was very fast and so painless, Miami airport could learn a thing or two! Admittedly we waited until the rush was over and went a bit later, this was a bonus as we got a much upgraded car for free and it had a built in sat nav. Mainly because all the prebooked cars had already gone so only the good cars were left! Navigating was very easy. We just took a little drive up the coast road and stopped In a beautiful beach where we were the only people. We drove until the road turned single track then did a u turn and drove back. Another lovely day! Very relaxed and and a day for just exploring and seeing. Hilo, Big Island Mauka Makai Adventures We loved our tour with Josh, he collected us from the Pride of America and we spent a fabulous day touring the Island with 5 other people. I booked this trip last minute via TripAdvisor as I wasn’t sure about renting a car and I’m so glad we did this trip rather than our own Self-guided one. We learnt so much about the area, loved our visit to the Volcano National Park (pouring with rain but it was fine!) the waterfalls were pretty and we loved seeing the turtles on the beach. It was so so tempting to take some volcanic rock home but we respected the rules (and the gods) and left it there!! Lunch was so delicious. We weren’t really bothered about the orchid farm or chocolate shop but it was a nice end to a really fabulous day. Take warmer clothes for the volcano area - we did need them on. This is a fabulous shore excursion and good value. The van was comfy and there was plenty of room. Kona, Big Island We got the tender into the port and had a walk around. It’s a pretty town. We walked up and down the high street and went to a nearby lovely beach. Huge waves, toilets and changing rooms. Lots of people were body boarding. It was only a short Uber/Lyft back to the ship. Wings Over Kauai We’re so sorry we didn’t get to fly due to the weather. The owner kindly came and collected us from the Pride of America and explained it was touch and go whether we’d be able to fly or not because it was so cloudy with heavy rain forecast. He gave us the option to head to the airport a quick ride away to chat to the pilot to see the current situation and get our money back if the plane didn’t go. Sadly we ended up with a full refund as we couldn’t reschedule as we were back on the ship for a new port of call. We do hope to be back one day to see the island by plane. We were very impressed with the safety record and service and no quibble decision to refund us. This is a well run outfit book with confidence. He also kindly dropped us off at the very large shopping mall on the way back so we had a good shop in the Macy’s etc. There was also a Costco at this location too but we resisted! We just missed the public bus so decided to get an Uber/Lyft back to the ship instead. Kauai Day 2 Kalapaki Beach is within 9 mins walking distance of the dock at Nawiliwili. It's a public beach park with some rentals. There are food trucks and restaurants nearby. I had a lovely walk along the beach and to the big hotel that was there. Good waves and a decent little beach! Afternoon Cruise Napali Coast - Our cabin was 12506. We sat on our HUGE balcony (3 loungers and a set of table and chairs) and used the binoculars that we’d bought on the ship the day before to spot the waterfalls and boats bobbing about. The views were simply breathtaking. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. THIS was why we chose to cruise on Pride of America. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
My husband and I took this cruise w/ our kids, 11 and 14. This was our first cruise and we enjoyed it so much! We flew into Honolulu the day before departure and went to Pearl Harbor, it was a nice tour and relieved a lot of anxiety ... Read More
My husband and I took this cruise w/ our kids, 11 and 14. This was our first cruise and we enjoyed it so much! We flew into Honolulu the day before departure and went to Pearl Harbor, it was a nice tour and relieved a lot of anxiety getting into town the day before the ship left. The embarkation process went smoothly. We had a suite, so got escorted to the side for a quicker check in and that was very nice. We were able to get lunch and explore the ship a bit before our suite was ready and our luggage soon followed. The 2 bedroom suite was perfect. I can't imagine anything smaller since we had the kids w/ us. The best part was our deck. We were on the back corner of the ship and the deck was amazing, had great views when we were coming and going from ports as well as when we travelled in the evening. The dining was good, there are adequate choices for your 'everyday' meals and the package we bought included a few 'upgraded' meals as well. We booked all of those early so we were sure to get our first choices. We chose the excursions offered through NCL and they were fun and informative as well. The kids enjoyed the excursions, but did admit they could've done w/out some of the longer bus rides back to the ship. In Maui, we rented a car and drove up Haleakala and Road to Hana ourselves and that was fantastic. I really liked being able to keep our own schedule. Since the boat stays in Maui for 2 days, I would highly recommend this if you're so inclined. We were able to explore Maui and turn around when we needed to or wanted to, not tied to someone else's schedule. In the other ports we did the pre-arranged excursions. Our favorite was probably snorkeling in Kona. The service on the ship was great. Our steward and butler were both very helpful and there when we had questions. The concierge introduced himself to us at check in and also gave us his card, very nice, but we never needed to contact him as everything went so smoothly. Yes, I would most definitely go again. Hawaii was beautiful and there is SO much to see!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
Cruise was so fun, we mostly ate in the buffet but skyline Restaurant was nice also. Food was good but I’ve had better on other ships. No steak and lobster night here. We did have a small problem with the toilets not flushing for a time ... Read More
Cruise was so fun, we mostly ate in the buffet but skyline Restaurant was nice also. Food was good but I’ve had better on other ships. No steak and lobster night here. We did have a small problem with the toilets not flushing for a time but they fixed it quickly and it never interfered with our plans. We saw several shows These Guys Worldwide were there from Vegas and were really good. Also saw the “adult” comedian he was pretty funny. Also spent several nights in the “Pink Champagne Bar” the guy on piano did several tributes throughout the cruise and was very good. Most shore stops we rented a car and drove ourselves around islands, much more economical and you see a lot more stuff then on excursions. The only sort of downside was that we were told many times by their booking people that we would get a $50 credit per excursion and it turned out it was per port. But what is $50 when you’ve already spent this much on a cruise. Read Less
Pride of America Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 3.9
Dining 5.0 3.5
Entertainment 4.0 3.5
Public Rooms 4.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.8
Family 5.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 5.0 4.0
Enrichment 4.0 3.5
Service 5.0 3.8
Value For Money 4.0 3.5
Rates 3.0 3.7

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