Sail Date: April 2015
This was my first cruise and as you can imagine I was filled with excitement and anticipation. This was one of my life's ambitions and I was not disappointed with it's fulfillment. A Hawaiian cruise of the Islands was our first ... Read More
This was my first cruise and as you can imagine I was filled with excitement and anticipation. This was one of my life's ambitions and I was not disappointed with it's fulfillment. A Hawaiian cruise of the Islands was our first choice and the greatest one that Geraldine and I could have made. First of all the Hotel stay was great. Every aspect of the cruise was very well planned. Welcoming was warm and hospitable. The cabin we had was beautiful with a window view. and kept clean. The food was very good and plentiful at all times. The planned choice of the Islands visited and time of travel was great. Activities met our desire with adequate time for excursions for every day. Not a day was idol. Nighttime entertainment was varied and great. Getting onto and off the ship was planned with great precision. But have some ready cash if you love to (have a few) in augmenting your vacation! and not having a big charge account at checkout. THIS WAS A GREAT LIFETIME EXPERIENCE! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
After reading so many negative reviews I was a bit concerned if we had done the right thing but I'm glad we didn't take heed. People have to realise we all have different expectations and some people are more demanding than ... Read More
After reading so many negative reviews I was a bit concerned if we had done the right thing but I'm glad we didn't take heed. People have to realise we all have different expectations and some people are more demanding than others. We travelled from the UK which was exhausting, got up in the morning to go on the Pearl Harbour tour with Polynesian tours. Got back to hotel around 1.30pm went and had lunch then got a transfer about 3.30 so we arrived at the harbour at approximately 4.00pm we went straight through we no queuing as we had printed our luggage tags (those without had to queue). We went straight to our balcony cabin which was decorated as it was our 30th Wedding anniversary (this was organised by us). Room was good clean and roomy, shower was good enough I say you get for what you pay and this was a reasonably priced cruise. You have to realise the ship sails every Saturday so the turnaround on cleaning etc is really quick and i say they do a great job for the time that they have. Getting on and off the ships was easy at each port even the day it was tendered. Just make are you have your ship card and photo id (we used our UK driving licences). We sat by the pool a few times only thing that was a little annoying is that they had live entertainment by the pool sometimes you just wan to sit and read and you couldn't really I know there are other areas but we liked to hop in and out of the hot tubs and pool. Pool drinks service is excellent. There is something going on every moment of the day you get a whats on guide every evening for the following day. We tried the American diner that was ok if you want a quick fried meal, milkshakes are great though. We also tried Moderno (not our thing really) food came slow and too far in-between and the accompaniments were not to our taste, excellent decor and service though. We loved Cagneys well worth the additional charge. We also tried the Teppanyaki that was great too. We used the buffet other nights as we were really jet lagged for the first 3 nights. WE never used the other main dinning room. Breakfast and lunch was great too in the buffet. Entertainment was good something to do in several different locations each night. We only went on one ship excursion which was the Lua which was great. I'm sure I'll remember more once I close but all in all it was a great way of seeing Hawaii and we are glad we have done it. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
Just returned from the Hawaiian Pride of America Cruise and i can't begin to tell you how disappointed i was . The first & foremost if your a smoker don't go on this cruise. We we stuck on the 13th floor way in the back of ... Read More
Just returned from the Hawaiian Pride of America Cruise and i can't begin to tell you how disappointed i was . The first & foremost if your a smoker don't go on this cruise. We we stuck on the 13th floor way in the back of the ship. This was the ONLY designated smoking area . Our cabin was on deck 4 at the other end of the ship so if we wanted to smoke we had quite the journey to go have one. On the 13th floor is where the smoke stack to the ship is and the venting for the food. Their is NO way you can get away from the smell of grease from the food being cooked, It was so bad it would actually turn my stomach . Their was no entertainment on the 13th floor at any time besides a DJ t certain times. The lack of cleanliness was mortifying. The coffee on the 13th deck was always cold so u had to travel to deck 11 to refill your cup. The public bathrooms around the ship were disgusting !! The activities on the ship were very limited. The entertainment o.k but very limited. The 7 days we were on the ship we went to 1 magic show 1 movie in the theater and saw 1 comedian . We were in bed by 10 that's how boring it was. The food .... OMG !!! Awful in the buffet . First & foremost it closed at 9 . One night my husband & i went for a crepe @ 10 of 9 , 2 people in front of us and we were told she closed at 9 and couldn't make us one. I was mortified being told she wouldn't make us one especially when we were the last 2 in line. The variety of choices were extremely limited and most of the time was a lot of repeat items . We spent a lot of time in the cafe that was open 24 hrs and a good duration of my cruise i ate peanut butter & jelly sandwiches and chicken wings . As far as Hawaii... Well that was just AMAZING !!! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
Just returned from our cruise on the Pride of America. We found the ship to be very clean and well maintained. They seemed very organized and had security measures in place making sure that ID was checked before anyone was allowed even ... Read More
Just returned from our cruise on the Pride of America. We found the ship to be very clean and well maintained. They seemed very organized and had security measures in place making sure that ID was checked before anyone was allowed even near the ship. This was our third cruise and second time in Hawaii. We had a balcony cabin and the space was fine for two people. Our cabin steward was outstanding. He always had a greeting and a smile. This ship is used as a "floating hotel". It does not have fancy rock climbing walls, huge pools and surf riders like some of the ships that are "at sea". I would estimate that 95% of all passengers leave the ship when it is in port. It sails in the evening and night and pulls in around 7 am every morning. The only time we were "at sea" was the last day when we left Kauai at 2 pm and sailed past the fantastic Napali coast decorated with a rainbow. Just beautiful! We arrived the day before the cruise and stayed at the Park Shore, a well priced hotel in a great location across from Waikiki Beach next to the Honolulu Zoo on the Diamond Head side of the beach. Saturday we boarded the ship around 2:30 and our cabin was ready by 3:30. The ship sails at 7 pm, everyone has to be on board by 5 pm. There are a lot of activities offered on the ship and tons of shore excursions that you can sign up for either before the cruise or on the ship. I did not take any of the shore excursions because I preferred to rent a car and do my own thing. The people I talked to had positive reviews of the shore excursions. We found the breakfast buffet to be very good. It gets crowded so you have to go early. Sitting outside on the Aloha deck in the fresh air was just great. The only funny thing is that spoons are hard to find. They have a fork and knife wrapped in napkins at all the tables, but you have to find a spoon if you need one. We ate at one special restaurant, the Italian one, but only because we had on board credit. I actually do not feel it was worth the extra money. The complimentary restaurants are fine. The special restaurants add on an 18% service charge. You already are paying $12.95 a day gratuity. I found the appetizers, bread, desserts, pastries and specialty salads to be very good. The entrees were hit or miss, some good and some not so good. Sign up to dine with the captain and officers. If selected by lottery you are treated like royalty. We were selected and were quite impressed. We were treated to champagne in the Napa Wine Bar, and served wine with our meal, had excellent service. They even made us a special cake since we were celebrating an anniversary. It was very interesting speaking with the two officers who were at our table. The first stop was Maui for two nights. We drove the scenic highway to Lahaina, visited some beaches and also drove up to the Haleakala volcano. Be aware that is a long drive on a steep and very twisty road. If you are going up there for sunrise or sunset I suggest you go on a tour. I think the observation deck is at 10,000 feet. We had been to Maui before so we had already driven the "Road to Hana". The cruise ship has a free parking lot near the ship for rental cars. The third night we docked at Hilo on the Big Island. It was raining and a bit chilly in the morning and most people wore windbreakers or a fleece. We drove to Volcano National Park and viewed the two of the world’s most active volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa. We did not see a lava flow, but we did see smoke and steam. We also walked through a rain forest to a lava tube, a really unique experience. The next stop was Kona on the other side of the Big Island. We did not rent a car here, but walked around the town and visited some historic buildings and took a glass bottom boat tour. Had some delicious Kona coffee ice cream. My favorite island was Kauai. We docked there for two nights. A highlight was the helicopter tour of the island through Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, which we booked ourselves. We rented a car and drove up to the North Shore, saw fabulous beaches and on Friday morning we drove to Waimea Canyon, which we had seen from above on our helicopter tour. If you keep your car overnight you will have to pay $20 to park in Anchor Cove shopping area near the ship. There is a beautiful beach within walking distance of the ship in front of the Marriott. You can see it from the Aloha Deck of the ship. Just some suggestions: bring some Post-It Notes and a pen to leave messages to your room steward, bring a reusable water bottle to fill with ice and water before you leave the ship. If you like bar soap you will have to bring it. The ship only provides liquid gel. We had a great time and would recommend this overview of the islands. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
This was the Best vacation we ever had! Did not want to leave. Freestyle dining is the only way to go, no Reservations, eat when you want to eat. Food Quality was excellent! 2 days at each island we really got to see what each island ... Read More
This was the Best vacation we ever had! Did not want to leave. Freestyle dining is the only way to go, no Reservations, eat when you want to eat. Food Quality was excellent! 2 days at each island we really got to see what each island had to offer! Thank you Norwegian for making this the best Vacation we ever had! We rally want to do this again!! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
I was awestruck when entering the ship and seeing the initial view of the lobby ...the whole ship is fabulously decorated and very clean and with so many friendly happy people on board, it seemed like paradise. The saleswoman we talked to ... Read More
I was awestruck when entering the ship and seeing the initial view of the lobby ...the whole ship is fabulously decorated and very clean and with so many friendly happy people on board, it seemed like paradise. The saleswoman we talked to on the phone before leaving Texas had the most bubbly personality as she described how we would be treated like princes and princesses on board the Pride of America and when she discovered this was my 60th birthday gift she told us she would have them place a card in the room so that we could get free birthday cake. Being suite customers (there were 5 adults in our party) she explained, gave us many privileges that would really make a huge positive difference in our stay. We were also promised a never ending fruit bowl in our cabin. We signed up for the ultimate dining experience. First disappointment came when we entered the room and there was no birthday acknowledgement. Then, I tried to sleep on the fold out couch the first night. Horribly unbearably hard and uncomfortable and I didn't get any sleep. Desperation provided a solution...by robbing two mattresses off of the single fold out beds in the adjoining cabin that we weren't using. I was afraid the Cruise people would not approve so left a note on the bed to please leave the mattresses alone, which thankfully they did. These mattresses were still not at all comfortable. The fruit bowl ended after the first day. We did get a plate of small appetizers/desserts each day...maybe that was in lieu of the fruit. The big huge coffee maker in the room caused us to be overjoyed at first, since we assumed we could make Lattes and frothy milk toppings for our coffee...it looked like it would do the job... it ground the beans and made coffee..but didn't have a frother. The spout we assumed was for that purpose was solely for dispensing hot water. So it was a big fancy coffee maker that wasn't special other than it ground the coffee. We opted for Starbucks....very expensive option. The gourmet dining areas are definitely the places to eat the best quality and flavored foods...however...there is a trade off. Dining in these places will zap a ton of valuable time the wait staff is very slow even if there are very few customers...and you still have to pay extra for certain items...like soft drinks, drinkable water, and Lobster...on Lobster night...which to me, is insanity on the part of the cruise line. Why? Because we spent a huge amount of money for meals that we didn't know...but they did... that we wouldn't even eat..because we would be on the islands and purchasing local food. We deserved that Lobster. We deserved to be able to drink on board without having to pay extra. We are not talking about alcohol...we just wanted water and soft drinks to be included in the enormous price we paid for the trip. The 'free' table water was really good until on the way back from the last island... I assume they had to refill their tanks with bad water...because it was so bad I could not drink it and was forced to purchase Hawaiian water at our fancy dining meals to have something drinkable. The main dining hall at first seems heavenly...because you serve yourself and the food appears to be delicious. The bacon is the most horrible excuse for bacon I have ever eaten...thin, greasy, not salty...bland crunchy nothing like bacon is supposed to taste. How can you prepare beautiful food that is tasteless... I don't know..but they have it down pat. We got so sick of it that anything at all was a better option. They need just a plain ordinary McDonalds to serve breakfast and it would be ten times better than the Aloha cafe. Also... another big complaint...is that you have to get your own drinks at only one area of the cafe and the general area is so big and congested, the traffic flow is terrible and it is actually very inefficient and hard to do...much easier to do without a drink, or especially a refill. They need at least two drink stations..four would be better...and they need wait staff going around to refill drinks for the tired tourists who are supposed to be treated as princes and princesses. Hidden costs everywhere...just turns that happy cruise vacation mood into a worried and distrusting one fast. I can't fault the cruiseline staff for anything... I really enjoyed the cruise itself and as far as the events...they did a great job. The shore excursions are very expensive....but everything is expensive in Hawaii. To rent a car is expensive unless you plan way far in advance, which we didn't do. Make sure if you rent a car in Honolulu that you do it well in advance and that you reserve a GPS in the car. We managed without the GPS with cell phone apps...but the batteries were eaten up quick. We were actually quoted 1400.00 $ a day price for a minivan at two different locations because we waited until the day before we needed one....supply and demand, I guess. We finally found one at a fairly reasonable cost at Hertz. We stayed at the Marriott Waikiki...awesome place, highly recommend. As far as the cruise line, I was disappointed in hidden charges, poor quality of food in main dining, having to purchase common ordinary drinks, horrible mattress on couch, and promises not kept. What I liked... the appearance of the ship (although the top swimming pool water was never cleaned out and was very dirty by the last day..which made me leery of the hot tubs). The cruise director's enthusiasm, the music...although sometimes wayyyy too loud. Everyone enjoyed the Jefferson Restaurant and the Brazilian one where they bring out all of the skewered meat...that was delicious..excellent service and an awesome experience. Loved the itinerary of the ship... loved the islands... loved the excursions... but it would be nice if we really knew what happened to James Cook...we heard three entirely different versions of his story. Oh yeah, we booked the Road to Hanna excursion late, while at the Marriott, at the Norwegion Cruise line office...and paid for it at the time...and when we arrived at the tour bus to get on..they didn't have the record of it and we didn't have tickets delivered to our room as we did with the other excursions..so it was a foul up..and we were double charged but it was fixed, at least I think/hope it was. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
Eight of us (in 4 cabins) planned this trip and it was totally enjoyed by all (ages 40 - 70) There were activities on board ship, shore excursions, things to do on our own. Hawaii is beautiful and being on the ship to be able to make ... Read More
Eight of us (in 4 cabins) planned this trip and it was totally enjoyed by all (ages 40 - 70) There were activities on board ship, shore excursions, things to do on our own. Hawaii is beautiful and being on the ship to be able to make port at all the islands is the only way to go! Our 2nd week was spent in a condo on Kauai which was fantastic. I definitely recommend the cruise for first time visitors to Hawaii. Each island is unique and you get to see them all without the hassle of flights and hotels (to say nothing of packing and unpacking on a daily basis!!!) I have been on several other cruises and I wouldn't rate the food on Pride of America as being the best I've ever had but it was very good, beautifully prepared and the employees on the ship couldn't have been any nicer. I had read reviews that the service wasn't up to par compared to other ships but we did not find that to be true at all. It was a fun, relaxing and totally enjoyable week. Some did miss not having a casino on board but not being a gambler that didn't bother me. There was a pool, music and a spa! We booked directly with NCL receiving top service, even getting upgrades to balcony rooms when we had booked inside cabins. Now I am spoiled and will always want a balcony!!! A great time was had by all and we can't wait to return to Hawaii Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
I am a first time cruiser traveling with a parent in a wheelchair. Direct flight from eastern US (Atlanta) with no stay in Honolulu before the cruise, straight from the airport to the ship. Flight landed about 2:40, got to the ship about ... Read More
I am a first time cruiser traveling with a parent in a wheelchair. Direct flight from eastern US (Atlanta) with no stay in Honolulu before the cruise, straight from the airport to the ship. Flight landed about 2:40, got to the ship about 4:00. Note that EVERY shuttle and shore excursion tour bus driver is a comedian, get used to it. Getting off of the airport shuttle, NCL/Pride of America was supposed to have a wheelchair for my mother to take her on the ship. So I asked the first person who checked IDs in the terminal, she got on the radio and called for a wheelchair. Before you get to the gangway, there is a person to spray sanitize your hands. He steps in front of me holding a spray bottle and says "washy, washy?". I said "excuse me, what?". He holds his hand out palm up and said again "washy, washy?". Me; "oh, wash hands, ok". And he sprays my hands. I am thinking to myself- So your job is getting in front of people, say "washy, washy", and spray their hands. Where can I apply for that job?. I did not realize there were a lot of things going on already before we got to the ship. The Skyline restaurant serves lunch Saturday until 2:00, and both the Aloha Cafe (buffet) and Key West Bar and Grill (outside on deck 12, overlooking the main pool/hot tub area on deck 11) serve lunch until 4:00. There is a Pride Of America ship tour at 3:00. And a mandatory life boat drill at 4:45. The hula welcome / blessing / sail away party starts at 5:15 at the main pool area. I did have a signal on my phone (T-Mobile) in the ports, but not at sea. The Internet cafe costs money (I did not ask how much). There is Wi-Fi, but it's not free either. There is a library on the ship. We went so my mother could get several books to read while I was doing shore excursions every day. There is one hour in the morning (9 to 10) and one hour in the evening (8 to 9) when you can check out books. The doors to library are open 24 hours so you can return books, but the book cabinets are locked except for those 2 hours a day. The cabins are very small. After asking the cabin steward, we kept the wheelchair folded in the hallway outside the cabin door because there is not enough room in the cabin. Fortunately we did get a cabin with a balcony, at least there are two chairs and a small table on the balcony. Beside ship information, the TV has news (CNBC, MSNBC) but not regular broadcast channels (ABC, CBS, NBC). The cabin steward was very friendly and attentive. Although he was not very forthcoming with important information unless we asked a direct question. Like when we asked for more glasses, he said "Housekeeping and kitchen are two different departments. So don't put glasses on the room service tray in the hall for the kitchen to pick up. Just leave them on the desk and I will wash them for you". Because my mother is in a wheelchair, we decided it was easier to order room service for breakfast. The room service breakfast order form that you hang on the cabin door handle does not have eggs or meat on it. So our breakfast was yogurt, fresh fruit (the fresh pineapple is fantastic), juice and coffee. I was out on an excursion every day and ate lunch on the excursion, except Wednesday after going to the beach I ate at Aloha Cafe. So we just went to the ship's restaurants for dinner. We had the Ultimate Dining Package. My stomach is picky but I found something I could eat at every restaurant. We went to Liberty on Saturday, East Meets West Sunday, Cagney's Monday, Teppanyaki Tuesday, Cagney's again Wednesday (liked Cagney's enough to go twice), Moderno Thursday and La Cucina Friday. We did not go to Jefferson Bistro. Liberty and Skyline both have the same menu, just the decor / ambiance is different. Cagney's is the best, but it is colder in that restaurant so bring a jacket or sweater. Teppanyaki is my 2nd favorite, it is Benihana style where the chefs cook the food at the grill in front of the table. And it's also a good way to meet other passengers at the table around the grill, each Teppanyaki chef cooks for 8 passengers. I don't understand why a ship that stays in Hawaii would have a french specialty restaurant (Jefferson Bistro) and not a seafood specialty restaurant. However each restaurant does have at least one seafood item on the menu. Shore excursions I did: Haleakala crater at sunset on Sunday, Best of Maui on Monday, Volcanoes National Park and Akaka Falls Tuesday (Akaka replaced Rainbow Falls on the tour because of work being done on the parking lot at Rainbow Falls - This tour also included a stop at the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut factory), Beach trip Wednesday (not an actual excursion), Best of Kauai Thursday, Director's Cut Friday. Haleakala crater was the best excursion but also a little more strenuous. There is a point near the crater where the tour bus has to stop at a parking lot, it's not allowed to go higher than that parking lot. But you can walk up a lot of steps to go to a higher lookout point. It's cold up at the crater from the 10000 foot elevation. When we left the ship it was 80 degrees in the port. After the 37 mile bus ride up to the crater, it was about 45 degrees and windy. Where we were standing across the road from the bus parking area, there was a photographer with two assistants shooting wedding pictures for a couple. The photographer would take a pic, then say "nailed it" to the couple. Finally the bride said "we're not doing anything", The photographer just laughed. So I said "If you're not falling off the mountain, then your nailing it". The bride said "Ah, okay, got it". Kona is the only stop where the ship does not dock. It anchors off the coast and you take the little "tender" boats to the dock. After breakfast there are about 400-500 people in line to get on the tenders. Each of the tenders can hold about 95 people and they can load two at a time, but then you have to wait a few minutes for the next two tenders. When I went with about 9 other people from the cruise on a trolley car to a beach at Kona, there was one native Hawaiian (besides the driver) on the trolley. When we got to a shopping center where the driver took a smoke break, the other Hawaiian went into the market, bought some apple bananas and handed them out to us on the trolley saying "try it, apple banana, very sweet, very good". We asked if we could pay him, he said "no, no, that's ok" The best of Kauai was my 2nd favorite excursion because of the amazing view of Waimea Canyon. There are so many wild chickens running around you might think that they are part of the shore excursions. The ships leaves Nawiliwili at 2:00 on Friday afternoon in order to go around to the northwest coast of Kauai called the Na Pali coast to see the cliffs that fall from the clouds down 4000 feet to the ocean. The ship starts passing the cliffs at 5:15, after about 30 minutes it turns around and starts the overnight journey to Honolulu. There is a good early morning view of Diamond Head coming back into Honolulu. The guest services desk people were friendly and helpful. The sea was very rough Monday night going from Maui to the Big Island and I got sick. I asked guest services if the medical clinic on deck 3 had the motion sickness pills. They said "Yes, but the clinic is closed now. However we have those pills here at the guest services desk also". The ship's gift shop does have things that you actually need, like sunscreen lotion. But it is very expensive. As an example, Banana Boat Sport SPF30 3oz at Wal-Mart is $6.44, on the ship it is $13.99 Friday afternoon there is an art auction in Pink's Champagne Lounge. I think having an art auction on a cruise is stupid, but I am not into art. When debarking the ship Saturday morning, they request that you are out of your cabin by 8:45 and off the ship at 9:00. The last airport shuttle is 9:30. So if you have a late afternoon flight, you have a long wait at the airport. Of course, what they are hoping is that you will sign up for another excursion on Oahu before going to the airport. So I signed up for the Early Bird Pearl Harbor excursion. The Pearl Harbor excursions include going to the USS Arizona memorial, but they don't include the cost to tour the USS Bowfin submarine. There were only two times during the cruise when it was a pain being on a big ship with so many other people: 1. Saturday is seems that everyone is starving when they get to the ship. So everybody tries to go eat as soon as the restaurants open for dinner. We were guilty of this as well. We had already made reservations for 8:00, but at 5:00 we were hungry enough that we could not wait 3 more hours. 2. The line for getting on the little "tender" boats after breakfast at Kona on Wednesday. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
I don’t want to get into a long, drawn out review. There are already enough here and I’m glad I was able to read them all before my family and I got on this ship. I just want to touch on a few aspects of the cruise that stood out ... Read More
I don’t want to get into a long, drawn out review. There are already enough here and I’m glad I was able to read them all before my family and I got on this ship. I just want to touch on a few aspects of the cruise that stood out for us. My wife and I although not rabid cruisers, have been on enough to know what to expect. Along with what is good and what is bad. As far as the ship goes. I liked it. I don’t think it was run down like some cruisers are suggesting. It was not a brand new ship but all in all it was good. There are a few things that need to be looked at but not horrendous enough to point out in this review. Getting on the boat could not have been easier. We arrived at the port a littler before noon and were on the ship about 12:30 ish. The rooms were not done, (of course), but there was free food. That’s all I was looking for at the time. On the subject of food. This is where NCL either has to pick up its game. Or get out of the game altogether. I read quite a few reviews before we set sail and I am sad to say they were mostly dead on. I don’t believe one should expect too much from the Aloha Buffet. It was standard buffet food where quality and imagination should not be expected. HOWEVER, I will say that for the rest of my life I will remember the French toast. Drizzled with Caramel Banana Syrup, and a blob of whipped cream. (what are they thinking?) The MDR’s for the most part are an embarrassment to the ship. The food is lack luster at best and the service is ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE. The service is WAY TOO SLOW. To the point that it may keep me off of NCL ships in the future. I have never been a fan of the automatic $15 per day, per person gratuity system. These Dining Rooms are the reason that for the first time. I went to the front desk and ask for my money back for 3 days per person. NCL is aware that service is terrible in these rooms and is not able to rectify the problems. For this I have no reason to believe it won’t spread to other ships. I will however mention 2 servers that should be promoted to other ships so that they may prosper in their positions. Luis and Rose were the 2 shining stars in these rooms. However they could not shine enough to change the overall opinion of these rooms. On the other hand. The “Cadillac Grill” on deck 6 is the bomb. Best chicken wings on any ship floating. Fresh hot hamburgers. Fries, Fish and chips. And on. There are only 15-20 things on the whole menu, but from what I was able to taste and hear about. They were all very good. One thing that is memorable (not to the extent of the French Toast though), is the Chocolate Brownie Sunday. My wife and I would pass on desert in the MDR to go to the Cadillac for this. Over all. We paid too much money for this cruise. We were in a balcony cabin on deck 10. Balconies ARE more money. And on this cruise, even more so because it was Hawaii. The only things you will see from a balcony cabin are shipping containers. They are in the ports of Kahului, Hilo and Lihue. Kona is a nice view since you are moored off shore. The Na Pali coast is a must see but you can see it from the deck. You don’t need a balcony. This cruise is a great way to see Hawaii. I would not shell out the money for a balcony and keep your expectations low. This way you won't be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
Always wanted to visit Hawaii and thought cruising the Island's would be a good way of doing it. The Pride of America ship is a nice ship and in the main all the crew and staff were pleasant and willing to help. The excursions that we ... Read More
Always wanted to visit Hawaii and thought cruising the Island's would be a good way of doing it. The Pride of America ship is a nice ship and in the main all the crew and staff were pleasant and willing to help. The excursions that we chose we very good with very pleasant and knowledgeable drivers and that made the trips enjoyable. The food in the Aloha buffet was in the main good but for evening meals we used the complimentary dining, skyline and Liberty restaurants which we found a more pleasant way of enjoying your meal rather than the unorganised method of buffet eating. Did not see either the point or need to use the other restaurants that had a supplementary cost as the food served in the restaurants mentioned was good and the cost of the cruise was expensive enough without paying extra when you get on board. Only real complaint is the NCL policy on "gratuities"we found it outrageous that they add an extra18% plus tax to every purchase in the bar. That was even if you went to the bar to get your own drinks. Where is the service in that. ? The entertainment was ok, the ships resident singing and dance group were at best average but the "o what a night " tribute group were excellent. We did not participate in the on board activities but found the loud music on the poolside deck very off putting when you are trying to relax and get some sun. weenyoed seeing the islands which were beautiful and overall enjoyed the cruise. Read Less
Pride of America Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 0.0
Dining 5.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 5.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 3.0 0.0

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