4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
We purchased airfare and a pre-cruise tour on Oahu before the start of our cruise. We went with NCL because they are the only cruise line that goes to Hawaii in the summer. The airfare that NCL offered was a good price, but be prepared ... Read More
We purchased airfare and a pre-cruise tour on Oahu before the start of our cruise. We went with NCL because they are the only cruise line that goes to Hawaii in the summer. The airfare that NCL offered was a good price, but be prepared to wait until about three weeks before your trip to learn anything about airline reservations or your pre-cruise tour reservations. Planning was difficult since many decisions revolved around when our flights would leave. NCL scheduled late flights leaving Honolulu for all 10 of us. Most of our party ended up having to spend the entire day after disembarking waiting with their luggage at the airport for their flights. There really is nothing within easy walking distance to the airport to do so they were just stuck there. The storage area charged $20 for large bags & ~$12 for smaller bags. None of us decided it was worth the price. We traveled as a group of 10. Due to the way the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort assigns rooms only at checkin, we were put into 2 different towers at the resort on Oahu. This was particularly frustrating since we had made numerous calls and had notes attached to our files saying we really wanted rooms that were near each other or at least on the same floor. We all disagreed with being pre-charged a set amount for gratuities to be split among staff members. Is it still a gratuity if you are charged for it up front or is it just another fee? What is the incentive for the staff if you are guaranteed to split all tips? This was also the policy for the "free" drink package which is not so free when you are pre-charged non-negotiable hefty gratuities. We had a balcony cabin which was small, but did have a nice amount of storage built in. Being on the port side gave us a great view of the Na pali coast from our balcony. Moderno's was great! If you get a chance to eat there, don't miss it! Teppanyaki was also a good time. The Cadillac diner was cute with a very basic themed menu but they had trouble getting food out in a timely manner and often served it to the wrong tables. Overall we enjoyed the cruise and the tour but felt that many things could have been arranged and/or organized better. 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
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
This was our first time to the Hawaiian islands and 3rd cruise overall. First time with Norwegian. The destination is amazing, all the islands have their own unique characteristics. You leave port in Oahu around 7:00 pm. You are able ... Read More
This was our first time to the Hawaiian islands and 3rd cruise overall. First time with Norwegian. The destination is amazing, all the islands have their own unique characteristics. You leave port in Oahu around 7:00 pm. You are able to board the ship early in the day, so bring a bathing suit and/or change of clothes to enjoy the ship until your cabin is ready. Our cabin was ready around 2:30, but the luggage was trailing a couple of hours,. Since the destination is so amazing, the ship (as compared to others) may not be as great as some would hope. We had no problems with the ship. Super clean. Always someone cleaning or painting somewhere, but not disruptive. A lot of sitting areas, restaurants,bars and shops. Our balcony cabin was doable for 2 people. Well maintained and very clean. Our steward Randy was very attentive and cleaned twice per day, Mini bar was helpful in that we used it to store drinks for the evening. (The mini bar contents are not included with any package). Security safe provided in Cabin. Hair dryer / shampoo / body wash provided. Dining was just average for us. Applebee's/ Denny's may be a good comparison. A few main restaurants and large/small buffets. Several "specialty" options for an extra charge. We did not try those. A lot of live entertainment on the pool deck and in the bars. Some shows each night, comedy / broadway type. We did not go to any. Clubs/activities for both teens and younger children.Video arcade at $1.65 per game. There is a Hawaiian liaison on board to give you some info each day which was helpful. Book early for your excursions, but consider doing it outside of the cruise. Better options on trip adviser that were not offered thru the cruise..less expensive as well. The guides are familiar with the cruise itinerary and will plan around the timing. Rental cars ARE NOT allowed to be overnight at the ports. We spent a lot of time going back and forth to various airports for rentals. Found out too late that Enterprise has an agreement with a hotel for overnight parking...$20 per night, but it would have saved a taxi/uber to the airport and a lot of time. Check with your rental company if you choose to rent a car. Bring a small collapsible cooler if able. You can bring food/snacks from the ship for your time off the ship. We spent A LOT of money on lunches and drinks at the different ports. Kauai - Back County Tubing adventure was something I wish we could have done. Found on trip adviser but fully booked 2 months in advance. Shaka Guide is a self guided tour app you can download for minimal price. Download it while you have wifi, it works offline via GPS locator. It was awesome and we used it for the "road to Hana" and Volcanoes National Park. Would highly recommend that! Passport for Pearl Harbor was great. We bought that online and did on our own, you really need a full day to see all the sights. It's tempting, but dont take any black sand or Lava rocks. Illegal and possibly bad luck......why chance it! Disembarking was a breeze. Off the ship and had our luggage by 8:15 am. You choose when you want to leave. Overall a great way to see the islands!!! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
This is our third cruise in three consecutive years with NCL The first two cruises was awesome with not one thing to complain about. A Baltic cruise and second the Alaskan Cruise My dissatisfaction with this cruise started with the ... Read More
This is our third cruise in three consecutive years with NCL The first two cruises was awesome with not one thing to complain about. A Baltic cruise and second the Alaskan Cruise My dissatisfaction with this cruise started with the room was not very clean. A room that is supposed to be cleaned twice a day is disappointing. There was dust several places. The bathroom floor has dirt on the side molding. The food is awful. My first day I sat in the restaurant for over 1/2 an hour waiting for my main course. I finally got up and left. At breakfast I got my food and nowhere to sit, I counted 10 tables that folks finished eating and the dishes were still waiting to be picked up. A supervisor finally came over and looked at the schedule from his pocket. He went over to the girl at the fruit table and asked key to clear the tables. This took several minutes as she worked very slow. My breakfast was so cold I only eat half of it. I spent over $8K for this trip and is very disappointed with the services. I hope NCL look into this, several people I spoke with commented on the same things. They all said the same thing about the service. I went on a tour this morning, came back for lunch and my room was never cleaned. On the afternoon tour all the folks said there room was not cleaned either. I have several specialty dining. I hope the service is much better. I looked forward so much to have s wonderful time with my wife and so far it’s very disappointing. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2019
There is definitely something to be said for doing the same route throughout the year. We chose this cruise because it was the only cruise line that circled the Hawaiian Islands in the summer, when the kids were out of school. Very well ... Read More
There is definitely something to be said for doing the same route throughout the year. We chose this cruise because it was the only cruise line that circled the Hawaiian Islands in the summer, when the kids were out of school. Very well organized. You're at port every day. Felt safe...much more so than when traveling out of the country. Our Spring cell phones charged local rates on land, but needed to have the ship's wifi service on the boat. Food was excellent. We did both sit-down and buffet. Kids (10, 11, 13) loved the kids and teen club and looked forward to it every evening. Excellent choice of excursions; was very happy with being able to experience the different islands, climate, and culture; engaged and knowledgeable tour guides. Fitness center was great; clean, spacious, well stocked with equipment; we went nearly every day of the cruise. Great value: flights across the country and then half way across the Pacific, four islands, excursions at every port, twice daily cabin service, kids' clubs, delicious food of a wide variety...would not have been realistically affordable any other way for a family of 5. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We have 40+ cruises, mostly on Carnival. We wanted to see the most Hawaii islands possible in 7 days. This could only be done on NCL. We sailed NCL about 14 years ago and it was a disappointing experience mostly with dining. So, we were ... Read More
We have 40+ cruises, mostly on Carnival. We wanted to see the most Hawaii islands possible in 7 days. This could only be done on NCL. We sailed NCL about 14 years ago and it was a disappointing experience mostly with dining. So, we were reluctant to sail on NCL again. Many on the current reviews are not good, so that didn't help. We flew into Honolulu a day early to sight see and guarantee we do miss the ship. I recommend this because our flight was delayed and we missed a connection. So we did a 3hr south shore tour and watched Fireworks on Waikiki beach( Every Friday Night they have a show ). Look it up. Saturday we were able to get on the ship at 11am, if your a latitudes member, get in the fast lane. First thing you need to do is setup you dining reservations for the week. NCL had a system glitch that erased ours. Monday Night is dress up night. About 40% of the people dress up. Tuesday night is dress up in white night for the White Hot Party. Back to Saturday! Have lunch in the Main dining room, you will be impressed with the menu. Our room wasn't ready, but they allowed us to leave our backpack and wine in the room. Did you know, you can bring as many bottles of wine on board as you like but they charge $15 per bottle at check in. Don't pack in your checked bags. It's cheaper than buying on board for $40min. You can bring your wine to dinner and they will serve it. Since the ship leaves at 7pm, we decided to go to China Town, and Aloha Stadium Swap meet. The Taxi was cheaper than Uber! They both closed 3pm, so we didn't have much time. Really good deals at both. We spent hours at the swap-meet rebuying all our souvenirs. Walmart has a lot of souvenirs but the swap meet was much cheaper. Make sure you're on deck when you're leaving at night, it's beautiful. The first night we ate at the Steak House which was very good and too much food. During the cruise, we ate at 3 different pay restaurants. The Brazillian Steak house was Awesome. Teppanyaki was awsome with a great show. East Meets West was very good too. I was also happy with all the food in the Main Dining rooms (Skyline and Liberty). NCL have really stepped their food game up. The 24 hour Cadilac diner was also very good. If you didn't know, this is an American based ship that never leaves the the US, so there's No Casino. and they must hire mostly if not all american staff. So, it is very different from most cruise ships. All of the restaurant staff were very nice and helpful. The cabin stewart could use some inprovement. I along with another cabin requested ice every evening, and that seemed to be a problem. The last night, no turn down service , no ice, and no extra tip! All shore excursions average $100+ per person in each port It was 9 adults and 4 teens in our group, so we rented a cars in every port and self toured with the Shaka App. Awesome way to see the island on your own time. Good prices for cars: DiscountHawaiiCarRental.com, CostcoTravel.com, Priceline.com. No credit card needed to hold cars. Most of the rental car companies are slow moving so, you can get your car faster if your a member. Avis and Budget has quick service where you can pickup your car quicker. Make sure you call and add your member number to your reservation, you will thank me later. You can't add the number many times when you book thru a second party, so call. Many people have the question about parking rental cars overnight at Maui and Kauai. In Maui, I was tould I could pay for airport parking and the shuttle will bring me back and forth. I decided to rent 2 different cars for the 2 days. I turned the car in each night. If you're driving to Hana, don't rent a full size SUV, the winding road can get tight in many places. I had a Jeep and it was just right. In Kauai there is overnight parking outside the port. Free parking is limited (about 20 spaces street side) this is good if you need to go to the ship for a couple of hours and go back out to a Luau (15min walk). They have overnight cruise passenger parking at the Arbor Mall for $20 (30min walk), plenty of parking available. We drove to Smith's Luau (15min). We're not big eaters so we purchased tickets to see the show only for $15. Awesome show. Get there early to enjoy the gardens and get good seats at stage before the buffet ends. Day 2 in Kauai too short to rent a car. We took advantage of all the free shuttles availible to 3 different mall, Walmart, beach, etc. There's a little beach behind the Arbor mall. You can take the shuttle there. There's also a free tour trolly that has many different stops. We were so busy and tired everyday that we didn't catch any shows on the ship, so I can't comment on any. I saw the advertisements. They had 2 different broadway shows, a magician, and a comedian. There were probably others that I missed to. Our dinner always conflicted with the shows. The show times were always 7:30 and 9:00. It was a late night adult comedy show one night about 10:15. After dinner every night there was Karoke, Piano Bar/lounge. The nightclub was open everynight with a theme Toga night, white hot party, 70's, 80's, 90's, etc. All the performers and staff are in the nightclub everynight putting on a show on the dance floor. The first night it was a live band with several different singers. The other nights they have various activities on the dance floor to motivate you to dance. At 11:00, the staff misteriously disappears and you are left with the DJ. He dosen't take requests, so don't even try. The few that are there, slowly begin to leave. I rarely seen anyone dancing after the staff left. The nightclub closes at 12:00. The Piano bar closes at 12:00 . The ship is a ghost town at 12:01. Good time to go to the 24hr diner. Food pretty good. I overdosed on the Buffalo wings. Wake up early, and eat breakfast in the main dining room, it's so much better than the buffet. There are many different restaurants, cafes, bars, and areas of the ship I didn't get to visit. I think I needed a sea day to catch up. I hope I covered everything. Debarkation was smooth and easy. I flight didn't leave until 11:30pm. We booked a room so we would have somewhere to store our luggage and freshen up before our flight. We went back to Aloha Stadium Swap meet and Pearl Harbor Museum (Awesome must see). Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
My wife and I, from Australia chose this cruise as a way of seeing several of the Hawaiian Islands without the dramas of repacking each night and inter island transfers. As such this cruise met our needs, but having been on an NCL cruise ... Read More
My wife and I, from Australia chose this cruise as a way of seeing several of the Hawaiian Islands without the dramas of repacking each night and inter island transfers. As such this cruise met our needs, but having been on an NCL cruise in January 2019 the Pride of America cruise around Hawaii didn't have the same service standards. Embarkation was quick and straight forward as once checked in there were escalators up to the level 6 gangway on the ship. Compared to other cruises hand washing upon entry to dining was rarely enforced. Staff levels in the dining rooms were too low and large sections of the two dining rooms were unused , leading to long waits at popular dining times. We were some of the few non US passengers and while some waiters were friendly, the majority paid less attention to us once they recognised we were from outside the US. This cruise was expensive relative to others, maybe because staff costs for US crew were higher than normal. The best service was from our Filipino room steward. NCL excursions were overpriced relative to other excursions we prebooked through our travel agent back home. In some cases the smaller tour operators used minibuses rather than coaches that both enabled smaller groups to see places easier, and in the case of the Maui Road to Hana excursion return via the remote south coast and see Charles Lindberg's resting place rather than return the same route. We only went to evening shows on two evenings and weren't impressed with the offerings, some of the musicians playing in the bars and lounges were a better option. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
I joined Norweigan cruise 7 night Hawaii Islands. I joined single and I paid good amount of money. But I don't think it worths the money I paid. The good things first Hawaii is great. Bad things, everything except food is ... Read More
I joined Norweigan cruise 7 night Hawaii Islands. I joined single and I paid good amount of money. But I don't think it worths the money I paid. The good things first Hawaii is great. Bad things, everything except food is payable. I have to pay 9.98 if I want to watch a movie in the tv in my room. I don't even listen the music. There isn't much thing to do in the ship. The entertainment is very poor. Before I joined two cruises with Princess and they were much more better than Norweigan. The food was better, the entertainment were far more better. Also Princess gives you beach tote, so if you foreget to bring your beach tote you can use it. But Norweigan didn't give anything. I could watch tv free in Princess but I have to pay in Norweigan. Princess cruises had big screen top of the cruise, so you could watch film or any sports activity there, Norweigan doesn't have screen on the top of the ship. The food area in Princess were bigger than Norweigan. Here is a little bit narrow, because of that there is a chaos in breakfast lunch and dinner time in self service area. The one other small thing, in Princess the staff left chocolate on your bed after clean the room. There isn't anything like in Norweigan cruise Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2019
Pride of America june 29, 2019 We booked the POA for our 35th wedding anniversary. We’re Avid cruisers, have been on NCL cruises many times and the POA three times before this. Once with our children, then again for our 20 and 25th. ... Read More
Pride of America june 29, 2019 We booked the POA for our 35th wedding anniversary. We’re Avid cruisers, have been on NCL cruises many times and the POA three times before this. Once with our children, then again for our 20 and 25th. We always combine it with a stay on Oahu to make it a two week stay. We took a Lyft from our hotel to the Port, got in line, checked our bags then got in the long security line. Even though it was long it went fast and we were checked into the ship, received our key cards and walked on the ship, we were eating lunch in Skyline (one of the free restaurants and open for lunch) by 1230. Very easy process. You can also go to the buffet on boarding day but we were hot and tired and needed to sit down, it was perfect. This is an older smaller ship of NCL and needs refurbishing. There is a lot of wear and tear and rust showing everywhere, I would say the worst is in the public bathrooms. Many times over the week more than one stall in women's and men’s areas would be shut down. Sometimes it was easier to run to our cabin then to find an open public bathroom. We also noticed they weren’t kept up well. Sometimes no toilet paper or hand towels, water on the floor and paper everywhere. The first few days we only saw one worker ever in the public bathrooms. She seemed overworked. The main pool bath seemed never cleaned until the last day. We had a midship cabin on deck 10, it was the perfect location. Very easy to reach the buffet area for coffee in the morning, and get to all the activities by the pool. A short run downstairs to the fun and restaurants. The cabin itself seemed quite small, very tight space to walk bed, limited storage space for clothing. One small closet with some built in shelves. A few other drawers in the desk and next to the closet. For the two of us we felt limited in where to put our things for a week. The room supposedly held three with the fold out sofa, if we had three it would have been overcrowded and we would not have reached our balcony without climbing over the sofa bed. The balcony was small with two chairs, two foot stools and a small table. It was fine for us and we loved that it was covered so even in rain we didn’t get wet. We used it a lot in the morning for coffee and the evening to watch the ocean and stars. Quite relaxing. The bathroom was tinier still and even though we are not large people, the shower stall gave me anxiety as I couldn’t turn i it well (I’m 5’2”, 120lbs). I could barely move in there! There are body wash and shampoo/conditioner mix provided in shower and liquid hand soap in the sink area. I was happy to find a few small shelves behind one mirror as the space was so limited I wasn’t sure were my toiletries would go. It worked out fine with some juggling. There is a small fridge, a safe and a desk area that holds a fairly decent hairdryer. Lighting was well done and we had lights bedside for reading. There is a tiny flat screen tv, for us with weaker eyes, we couldn’t read the screen well. We didn’t really spend too much time watching tv. There are two main restaurants, skyline and liberty that are included in your cruise, Liberty is slightly fancier and has a more strict dress code, but we liked Skyline so never made it upstairs. We did eat in Cargneys (steak) once and enjoyed it, and ate twice (once for breakfast once for lunch) in Cadillac which is open 24 hours. It has great burgers!! We ordered coffee from room service two mornings and found out that the last morning they will deliver a continental breakfast if you put out your tag. That was quite convenient. We did the buffet most mornings for breakfast and really enjoyed the area outside with covered seating. It was very relaxing We enjoyed the freestyle cruising and liked that no one minded if we showed up for dinner or came early or later, it added to the relaxed feeling. We attended two shows, one was the second night and it was not tour Liking. The second was a group of singers that did an excellent job. They also performed by the pool one day and we enjoyed them both times. The main pool consists of two pools, one larger one and one smaller “sitting pool”. We spent a lot of our time there and even though there is an adult pool, it is right with the smoking area and at the end of the ship and did not have the entertainment we enjoyed at the main pool so we never went back to the adult area. We never felt overcrowded and usually could find seats nearby the pool. We always found loungers somewhere and were quite happy with both the bar service and the music. We also enjoyed the little cabanas on deck 12 that overlooked the ocean and had two loungers. Many times we’d go up there in the evening and star gaze and relax. Staff: we found the restaurant staff and the bar staff to be awesome. They were friendly, helpful and did not skimp on alcohol. We had the drink package and they were always happy to refill us, in fact the bar staff would remember us and ask if we wanted our usual drinks. We really enjoyed talking to them and got to know quite a few of them at the pool bar and the staff in Skyline. All of them quite efficient and personable. Our cabin steward was wonderful, he ran over to speak with us day 1, asked if we had any requests, then proceeded to keep our cabin clean and tidy without ever being in the way. He was very respectful and always smiled and said hello. We would turn our message to “make up cabin” when we left and it was clean when we returned. The one thing we noticed was even though the regular staff was fun and friendly, most of the officers wouldn’t even nod or say hello. We actually spoke to only two of them although we would see them in the halls and walking through the areas, they would avoid eye contact and look away which we found strange, the two we met actually would seek us out (one was the head of beverages) and one was the head of Skyline) and both of them would go out of their way to talk with us and chat for quite a while. I wish more officers would have done this as we enjoyed their stories and their conversations. A smile and nod go a long way to making you feel more comfortable. Our last day we were encouraged to go downstairs and collect what tag corresponded to what time we wanted to disembark, 9am was the latest. We had transfers directly to the airport and picked the 9am slot. There were two lines to disembark and even though they were quite long, it didn’t take more then 15 mins to disembark, we then grabbed our bags and walked to our waiting transfer. We were at the airport about half hour later. It was all very easy and civilized. To recap our cruise, we enjoyed ourselves, were able to relax and never felt crowded in any area. We would go back in POA in a minute and hope NCL takes the time to get it freshened up so we can enjoy our 40th on her!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
A wonderful cruise with my daughter and Granddaughter. We stayed in Oahu 3 nights before the cruise started so we could enjoy Waikiki Beach. I would highly recommend. The Pride of America is a beautiful ship. Our cabin was small but ... Read More
A wonderful cruise with my daughter and Granddaughter. We stayed in Oahu 3 nights before the cruise started so we could enjoy Waikiki Beach. I would highly recommend. The Pride of America is a beautiful ship. Our cabin was small but very nice. There was just the right amount of entertainment on ship. Not overblown with too many unnecessary over-the-top add-ons. The entertainment was fantastic. Lots of great songs and dancing. The comedians were both terrific. The crew were incredibly helpful and kind. Meals were fantastic and the Skyline Restaurant Staff just amazing and friendly. The excursions were wonderful. We took two snorkel excursions and the Circle of Fire helicopter ride. All were so enjoyable. I would suggest letting anyone with arthritis or stability or age issues know it is a bit difficult walking onto the catamaran at an angle to get on board the Catamaran Sail & Snorkel in Kona and also gettiing into and out of the ocean. If you are not very agile, I would recommend the Molokini Crater & Turtle Snorkel in Kahului (Maui). It was much easier to board and to go into the ocean from a low platform. Both were very good though. This was a very enjoyable cruise with my family and I would highly recommend it. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Best way to see Hawaii. Pride of America is a floating hotel. Wake up and discover a new island...get back onboard by 5:00 PM and sail to the next. You do stay over a night in Maui and Kauai. Plan your excursions well in advance as the ... Read More
Best way to see Hawaii. Pride of America is a floating hotel. Wake up and discover a new island...get back onboard by 5:00 PM and sail to the next. You do stay over a night in Maui and Kauai. Plan your excursions well in advance as the best ones sell out. My wife and I have 3 boys (8, 14, 18) and the food is perfect for us...you can eat quick and get off the boat and explore. They have fine dining that you can pay extra for, but not sure if it’s worth the money as we never did it. Not a ton of stuff to do on the boat, but that’s not why you’d take this cruise. They do a nice job at night with comedians, singers, magicians, etc. Boat is probably due for some makeover as the pool area is a bit dated, but you are not on this cruise to sit in the pool. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Some in our group had been to Hawaii before to see one, or maybe two islands. But none of us had ever been to all the major islands, and bang for the buck, this was the best way to see all of them. Of course we wish we had a week at each ... Read More
Some in our group had been to Hawaii before to see one, or maybe two islands. But none of us had ever been to all the major islands, and bang for the buck, this was the best way to see all of them. Of course we wish we had a week at each port, but we enjoyed every minute of this cruise. Food service was excellent, ship was clean, and everyone seemed happy that we were there. It is a slightly smaller vessel than some of the giant super ships, but that's great because you don't get lost in a sea of thousands of people. It is a little more personal, a little more cozy, and a little less 'commercialized'. I would definitely recommend, and we've been on other lines and other destinations, and this was wonderful. Kauii is called the garden island, but be prepared for rain. The big Island pleasantly surprised us, and Mauii did not disappoint. The submarine excursion was really unique and something that I would recommend, as well as just enjoying what each port has to offer. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
This was supposed to be a dream trip for our family of 7.I went all out! Balcony rooms for everyone, beverage pkgs (they tax every drink but don’t tell you this!), specialty dining, etc. First day there was water in our hall, not in our ... Read More
This was supposed to be a dream trip for our family of 7.I went all out! Balcony rooms for everyone, beverage pkgs (they tax every drink but don’t tell you this!), specialty dining, etc. First day there was water in our hall, not in our room, but I walked to our room and our door was wide open with all our stuff to see. The lady was rude. Second, I was napping and someone knocked on our door and I told them I was in the room, suddenly a strange guy opens our door and said he needed to do maintenance on our balcony! He said he’d come back later. I’ve never been on a ship where so many strangers can enter your room! Also, they were doing constant painting, oiling, pulling up carpet, etc during the cruise.I wish we had gone to Alaska instead! Staff unfriendly. Also, you do not spend a full two days on each island. One day on Maui and then the second day you have to be on board by 2 pm. Big Island one day in Hilo, back on ship by 3, go to Kona overnight, have to be back on ship by 2:30, go to Kauai one day there, second day back on ship by 2 pm. It’s very deceiving. Oh, and get Uber, Lyft or a taxi to take you places. Fraction of the cost! Pearl Harbor is FREE to the first 1300 people! The cruise ship will charge you per person! Not impressed for the $25,000!!!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Was excited to do cruise of Hawaiin islands and of course Hawaii does not disappoint. The rooms were great and kept very clean. Room stewards did good job. Food was good especially in Specialty dining rooms and main dining room. Servers ... Read More
Was excited to do cruise of Hawaiin islands and of course Hawaii does not disappoint. The rooms were great and kept very clean. Room stewards did good job. Food was good especially in Specialty dining rooms and main dining room. Servers in dining venues were fantastic. Servers in the bar areas were awful. Slow and unhappy. More bartenders were needed in every bar. The Beatles tribute ees with Toby Beau was so bad, we didn't go to any other shows. There was one great band, The Drivers, but they were only on the ship for 2 days. Many unsupervised children roaming the ship, parents seemed to think they would be OK. One child tried to take our belongings when we were in the hot tub. My husband noticed and said something, the kid ran off. Excursions were pretty good especially The Best of Maui with Peaches; Waterfalls and Rainforests hike with Steven and the Journey to Waimea Canyon with Kaf. Don't bother with Merriman's Farm ad Culinary experience, too unfocused. The guide. Frank was interesting and knowledgeable, but the tour was over priced. The culinary pary was basically just lunch. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2019
Coffee is disappointing outside of the main restaurant. In the buffet it is instant coffee which I would understand if this wasn't a semi-luxury cruise. You can buy espresso's for a reasonable price but the wait is normally ... Read More
Coffee is disappointing outside of the main restaurant. In the buffet it is instant coffee which I would understand if this wasn't a semi-luxury cruise. You can buy espresso's for a reasonable price but the wait is normally long. Good food. Including buffet. Not as good as celebrity but better than Viking ocean. I found that there wasn't enough food 3pm to 6pm but you could find in four different places. the kitchens were very responsive to diary free vegetarian travelling with us.. The snow-freeze icecream machine is normally open in buffet to help yourself to. Very very easy to get drinks. Even though we were on a drinks package, the (free) drinks are everywhere. Good service of drinks everywhere (is this because the tip is automatically charged even for those of beverage package)? The last afternoon of the cruise is 'at sea' and they create a really fun semi-party atmosphere. Although everyone is on the ship, there are still seats available in most places (except in the shade directly next to the pool). The buffet is especially nice that lunchtime and there is also a very nice BBQ next to the pool. Entertainment was very well done. Most nights there was something for everyone. In an average night there were approx ten events to choose from. Coped with our room. Surprisingly we managed to pack everything away. The shower with curtain wasn't as bad as we thought it would be. I did hear neighbors' toilet flushes most of the night. There are lots of places to sit in Sunshine on ship. A lot more seats than our celebrity cruise. I have walked past the pool at 9pm and pool was still open with many people still enjoying themselves. Port talks we're worth going to. Very interesting and entertaining. But for Kona, unfortunately the shopping ambassador came along only talked about the 4 shops that were paid. We went to some of the shops advertised in their daily mailer and some of these shops were a waste of time. The port talks are also on a bit late ie 8am. There are terrible port maps given out on ship. The wifi is expensive and difficult to log out. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
have been to Oahu twice before and decided to get a brief taste of the other islands so pride of America was the obvious way to go, embarkation was a breeze very helpful desk person on board quite quickly, cabin was not ready so went and ... Read More
have been to Oahu twice before and decided to get a brief taste of the other islands so pride of America was the obvious way to go, embarkation was a breeze very helpful desk person on board quite quickly, cabin was not ready so went and had lunch at the aloha café buffet, the ship although looking a bit dated was very clean and well presented. the house keeping did a great job keeping the cabin clean and tidy. all the staff in the bars and public areas gave good service and were friendly, only ate at the aloha café buffet which I found quite good in fact some of the food was quite amazing. entertainment was very good went four shows including music in a couple of the bars. all in all I would recommend this cruise . finally a special word for Tanya who served in the pink champagne bar a credit to the ship and cruise line a very friendly person very good customer service. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Cabin 8502 Balcony : Family of 10: 5 teens and 5 adults in 5 cabins: This was our 15 th cruise first time on NCL Good: Loved the balcony (very spacious had 8 adults on it to view as we sailed Na Pali coast. originally booked ... Read More
Cabin 8502 Balcony : Family of 10: 5 teens and 5 adults in 5 cabins: This was our 15 th cruise first time on NCL Good: Loved the balcony (very spacious had 8 adults on it to view as we sailed Na Pali coast. originally booked interior cabin, Bid $100 pp and got balcony Great hair dryer - no need to bring your own on this trip Refrigerator in room - always nice No casino on ship/ no smoking The food in the skyline and Liberty rest and aloha café was better than most other cruises we have been on (especially loved the Shrimp and crab cakes appetizer night 1) Love not having to dress up for the Skyline Rest for dinner- Freestyle dinning Great way to see Hawaii The photo people did not hound you or force you to take pics Room had a small sofa in it - very nice! interior rooms did not have this Good value as it would have cost much more to see all islands and pay for food on our own Fresh Floral Lei's at check in - nice Bad: No electrical outlet next to bed bring ext cord if using CPAP The web site is bad, and our travel rep Earl did not return calls Great price booking air w/ ship but I would not do it again awful flight seats and times The older man checking us in was crazy slow and just generally clueless - bad start The hostess at the Skyline Rest was obnoxious and rude. He could not get our reservations straight despite being booked ahead of sailing (party of 10) The shower is hand held which is great but the water pressure was very weak Service in the restaurants and the Cadillac dinner was SUPER SLOW - no reason for this! Poor excursion options - we booked cars on each island instead Cabin was not very clean (dusty) and missing pool towels. The steward never replaced/refreshed pool towels and bed sheets were not changed daily (yes I can tell) Bathrooms and showers are ridiculously small Customer service was generally poor with a few exceptions (grp sales lady was great) Entertainment was not so great - comedian Chris Bliss was good night 1 awful night 2 What we did: Maui: Road to Hana in our rental car (get CD for the narration)- Book far in advance for larger vehicles Maui day 2 - surfing lesson with Hawaiian paddle sports for kids, Laheina to see the largest Banyon Tree - nice town to window shop Hilo: Volcano National Park (rental car) - worth doing Swim /snorkeling Kona: Drove to Maunea Kea (too far and lame - skip ) Amazing coffee: stop at a local coffee shop (We went to Kona Coffee in shopping plaza) Kauai: Waiemea Canyon - amazing Spouting Horn Poipou - amazing Coffee plantation - worth the stop - free walking tour, and free samples Kauai Day 2: Swim at Marriot beach walking distance from ship Get shave ICE at some point while you are in port - Sooo Good Honolulu: Pearl Harbor tour Must do!, Went to Diamond head to hike but at 8:30 parking lot was full, went to Waikiki beach - go early less crowds, walked around North Shore - nice surf shop Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We chose this cruise because we were visiting Oahu anyway and wanted to see more of the islands. The Pride is the only one that tours the islands of Hawaii without a major ocean crossing. Our cabin was very comfortable with a king size ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we were visiting Oahu anyway and wanted to see more of the islands. The Pride is the only one that tours the islands of Hawaii without a major ocean crossing. Our cabin was very comfortable with a king size bed and enough storage. The balcony was on the small side but had a railing with steel bars that made it easy to see thru when seated. Other ships sometimes have solid steel plates that prevent you from seeing the water when seated. Overall the dining experience was good. The selection at the buffet was good albeit very unusual at times (I've never seen carved duck at a buffet before). The main dining room food and service was excellent. We ate at two of the specialty restaurants, Cagney's is a traditional steakhouse and Moderno is a Brazilian style steakhouse. At Cagney's both my wife and I had steaks that were very tough. A complaint to the manager got us some chocolate covered strawberries delivered to our stateroom. Moderno is an experience worth having in itself. The food was also excellent. Of the two, Moderno is the best choice. We do not travel with children but it didn't appear that there were many activities for kids. The pools were basic and there were no slides or other kid friendly attractions that I could find. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Hello! I thought I'd write a brief review of our POA sailing this last week. This is our fourth cruise, with prior cruises being on Carnival and NCL in a Haven room. This is the first cruise we have taken as a family of 4, along ... Read More
Hello! I thought I'd write a brief review of our POA sailing this last week. This is our fourth cruise, with prior cruises being on Carnival and NCL in a Haven room. This is the first cruise we have taken as a family of 4, along with my parents. Kids are 5 and 7, and grandparents are 72. We flew in and spent a few days prior to the cruise in Oahu. I highly recommend this. We could have easily spent a week in Oahu. We did Pearl Harbor, and spent a day on the North Shore. There we did a Shark Swim with Hawaiian Shark Encounters (fantastic, and not as scary as you may think, though take dramamine before you go) and we went to the Polynesian Cultural Center. That was OK - I thought it was a little overpriced for what you get, but the kids and the grandparents enjoyed it. Day 1: Prior to boarding, we did a movie tour at Kualoa Ranch. It was AMAZING. Big 5 star recommendation. Was enjoyed by everyone in our party. Embarkation went smoothly. We were in 10178, a two bedroom family suite. My parents were next door in the adjoining cabin, 10180. These are both aft balconies. As suite guests, we got priority boarding, and it was not busy. This is where the only issue I had with service occurred. I had to wait, by myself with 2 hot tired children (husband came later after returning rental car, and grandparents had to do the regular check in since they were not in a suite). The concierge for some reason directed 2 families to check in before me for some reason - I had been there before them, and it was extremely irritating, especially since one of the families took forever to check in. My parents were done and waiting by the time I got done. Not a huge deal but after having a Haven room last time it was definitely not up to that standard. We checked in around 3, and our rooms were ready at that time. We did dinner at the buffet, and swam and everyone was in bed by 8PM. Room 10178 was adequate for our family, I would not take older children in this room though. The second bedroom pull out is TINY lol - but it worked great for our purposes. Balcony is HUGE and got an amazing view of the Napali Coast on the last day right from there. 10180 is a nice room, with a nice large aft balcony. My parents were happy. Day 2: Maui. Cruise port is in an industrial area. We rented a car for 2 days from Thrifty. This was my major problem this week. We were told that thrifty had a shuttle from the port to the airport rental desk. THEY DO NOT. Apparently this changed around mid May, but no one bothered to update me from Thrifty. We paid $15 cab fare to the airport, and of course had to pay for cab fare back the next day. I complained to the cashier at the counter, and asked to speak to the manager, as I felt I should have been updated about this. (Haha just call me Karen lol, but I was MAD). The manager could not be bothered to even come speak to me. I was told that NCL should have told me there was no shuttle anymore (eye roll forever) and it was not their problem. If you are renting a car in Maui port, use Budget or Avis. I saw their shuttles. Taking a taxi to the rental counter involves not only the cab, but also taking a tram to the rental counter as the taxi can't take you directly there. We spent the first day in Maui in Lahaina for shopping and sightseeing. It was fun, I think my parents enjoyed it the most. Lots of cool shops. We then went to Napilli Beach, which was OK but NO shade, so bring an umbrella. The kids had a blast in the surf. We parked a car at the Maui Ocean Hotel, about 1/2 mile from the port overnight. It costs $5. Seemed safe. I have heard rumors its OK to park at the mall, but didn't want to chance it. On the way back to the port, make sure you use the pedestrian walkway, it's not very clearly marked, and we missed it and had to do some extra walking. Day 2: Maui. We did a 9AM Molokini snorkel on the Pride of Maui to Molokini and Turtle town. This was AMAZING. The grandparents didn't go, just us and the kids. This was arranged directly with Pride of Maui, none of our excursions were with NCL. The Pride of Maui has a slide, and will let you use their snorkel equipment. My kids loved the slide (they are young but very good swimmers) and my daughter (7) loved Turtle Town - we saw 3 turtles! My son was sort of over the snorkeling after the first stop. The trip included a continental breakfast and a pretty tasty BBQ lunch. Between this and the shark swim, it's hard to pick a fave. We adults went to Cagney's on this evening and it was great. Day 3: Hilo. Again rented a car, which went smoothly (with Thrifty, had already booked ahead of time, won't be using them again if I can help it). There was a shuttle this time :)/ . We spent the day at Volcano National Park. I wish we had gotten up and out earlier, or had more time - it is SOOOO amazing. We never saw any lava, and it was still one of the most awe inspiring places I've ever seen. Parts of the park are closed. We went down the Chain of Craters Road, all the way to the ocean. I belatedly found out there is a Shaka guide for this (more on this later) and I wish we had listened to it on the way. Buffett again (easiest with kids and really pretty good). Day 4: Kona. Another beautiful day. I am surprised to say I think the big island was actually my favorite island. We had rented a car with Thrifty (again, very smooth and easy - rental was in the King Kona hotel across the street from the port). This day we did a Shaka tour. This is an app that is available on itunes that uses GPS to narrate you on a driving tour, stopping at interesting places and telling you stories and history. We saw the City of Refuge (don't be scared by the sketchy road - amazing beautiful place), the bay by the Captain Cook monument, a honey farm, a coffee farm, and the Painted Church. The COR and the honey farm were my kids favorite place, though they also sampled plenty of coffee. The Greenwell farms coffee farm was fun - there are lizards everywhere. The farm tour is also free, a rarity in Hawaii. There is also a very small beach right by the tender that my kids enjoyed for an hour or so before getting on the boat. Day 5: Kauai. We had a tubing excursion with Kauai backcountry Adventures, but it was cancelled due to weather. There were supposed be thunderstorms, but they didn't materialize, so we rented a car with Advantage. It was OK, they were the cheapest we could find and the van we got reflected it, but who cares. We did another Shaka tour for Wimea Canyon. Again - another beautiful place. We spent a ton of time on the canyon and going up the mountain, so we had to kind of rush through the rest. They recommend a suspension bridge that was super sketchy though. I made my kids get off haha. Day 6: Kauai. We didn't do a whole lot this day. I took the kids to the nearby beach Kalapaki. We rented a beach chair and umbrella, and the kids played in the water. My parents took a helicopter tour with Maverick Helicopters and they said it was the highlight of their trip. This is the day of the Napali coast sail by. Again, very beautiful, and we had a perfect view from our balcony. We ate our last dinner at Teppanyaki. It was good and the chef was entertaining. Day 7: Honolulu and debarkation. Went smoothly, our butler got us right off the ship. We had a late overnight flight at 8PM, so we went through a company called ResortPass to get a cabana at the Outrigger Reef Resort Waikiki. This was... OK. It was crowded and hot. When we made the reservation, we were told the bell desk would hold our luggage, but they did not. We had to keep all 12 bags in our cabana, which meant someone had to stay there and we couldn't wander around town as we had planned. Oh well, the kids swam and I had a few drinks. NCL will store your bags for you, though it looked like it was actually a company with the port, I wish that rather than doing this I had just asked my butler when we got on initially what to do about our luggage. Some notes: Kids club: We utilized this for our kids, and they LOVED it. My 5 year old son in particular LOVED it. Seriously, we couldn't keep them with us after we got back on the ship! The counselors did an amazing job, and the kids literally cried the last night we were there because they would miss the staff and other kids at Splash Academy. We have never used something like this on vacation, but am so glad we did. It gave us some needed alone time. Butler: She was great, though we didn't use her much. Just mainly for priority tender on Kona and debarkation. She still knew the kids names and they loved her as well. Steward: He was great. My daughter wrote him a thank you note and we gave him a nice additional tip. He really went above and beyond with the towel animals, and my kids loved him as well, so of course, so did I. Restaurants: The buffet was pretty good. We didn't make use of Cagney's for breakfast or lunch (suite dining), as we usually were in a hurry to get someplace. Our dinner in Cagney's was great. Teppanyaki was good, and so was La Cucina. The buffet at South Beach Pool is better than the Aloha Buffet. Shows: We didn't see a single one lol. We were too tired every night. Overall, would recommend. I don't think we would do this personally again, just because now that we got an introduction to the islands we would go spend more time on each of our faves. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
I chose this cruise to see all the islands with out flying every couple of days. Do not take this cruise if you are looking for a cruise experience. The bars close early, there are a lot of older people as it's an expensive cruise. We ... Read More
I chose this cruise to see all the islands with out flying every couple of days. Do not take this cruise if you are looking for a cruise experience. The bars close early, there are a lot of older people as it's an expensive cruise. We have been on several cruises and the food was average. The staff was pleasant but not enjoyable or talkative. Embarkation/disembarking was amazing. We went 3 days early to enjoy pearl harbor and get used to the time change and that was a must. We had aft balcony 8206 it it was worth the extra money. There was basically no night life. We went every night to the saloon and there were never any more that 4 others there.You just have to have the reality that this is a cruise that you take to see the islands as a floating hotel. Your joy comes from the islands. i studied and studied car rentals and excursions. They charged a ton of money for laundry which was an important item for me as we were staying 2 weeks. Please send me any questions you might have. This was a dream trip for my husband since he was in the Navy in the 80's and 90's and Pearl Harbor was a must. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
I used Cruise Critice prior to booking our trip. This is long, but I am including information that I was looking for prior to our trip. *Convenient and cost-efficient way to see all the islands. *Only cruise that offers this ... Read More
I used Cruise Critice prior to booking our trip. This is long, but I am including information that I was looking for prior to our trip. *Convenient and cost-efficient way to see all the islands. *Only cruise that offers this week-long option * You are mostly in port during this cruise, and there really is no “day at sea.” We enjoyed each stop. You spend two days in Maui and 1 ½ in Kauai. These two islands have the most excursion offerings, so you really do need two days if you want to see multiple things. If you don't have a planned excursion at least one of those days, the time in port may seem too long. The Ship- This was our first Norwegian cruise. We have sailed Princess twice and Carnival once. Norwegian and Princess are very similar in ship design and offerings. Pros and cons to each, and it just boils down to personal preference. Both are great ships. The ship was clean, the staff was friendly and attentive, and we had a great experience on board.The ship is one of the smaller ships.I would sail Norwegian again. Booking the Cruise- “Free at Sea” We used a travel agent which was very helpful. Doesn't cost you a thing and they know the right questions to ask. We did the “Free at Sea” option. Let’s be real, nothing was free, but they package it a way that makes it affordable. We chose 3 “free” options. We chose air-fare, specialty dining and the “Hawaiian beverage” package. I would highly recommend choosing these 3.Purchsing wiifi is not really needed for this cruise if you are from the USA. Guest Wifi on board is fine and you are in a port most of the time, so your cellular is fine for basic calls and internet usage. If you have kids with you or have work wifi needs then you may need it. 1) Airfare- The cruise line books your flight. We did the $50/person additional fee that allows you to personalize your flight a bit. This caused me the most stress because the airline books your flight and they don’t let you know what your flight is until about a month prior. We were doing some connections in Seattle prior to the trip and the flight times made a difference. Our travel agent was able to request our flight times for us and they did honor that and booked our flight on Delta. If you need to change your flight, once it is booked then you can call the airline and make any changes. We asked if it would change the total price of the cruise if we chose not to include airfare. It didn’t, so it did not make sense for us to pay for it separately. It worked out fine. Specialty Dining- Definitely do this! With our package we were able to dine at all the nicer restaurants and you don’t have to pay the upgrade fee or any charges. The food was great! 2) Hawaiian Beverage Package- This included all alcohol, sodas, bottled waters and drinks- anything under $15/drink. Note: when they ring your bill up, it will have the price of the drink and the tax. When you sign the ticket it scares you a bit because you are expecting free. You have to pay the tax on the drink, so it has to have something to tax. When it hits your account, you will only see charges like 80 cents, 50 cents, etc. You can also go up to any bar and ask for a bottled water at any time. You have to sign for it. They advertise on the ship for you to buy a case of water for your room for $30. You don’t need to do it if you have this package. Tips for you water drinkers: To prevent the spread of germs, none of the common areas on ship allow you to re-fill water bottles. We found a fountain on the ship's walking track, outside near the front of the boat. Best cold water. We are big water drinkers, and I was using a scopolamine patch, which makes you event thirstier. 3) Specialty Dining: Our favorites were La Cucina (Italian) and Moderna Churrascaria (Brazilian Steakhouse) Book these before you go. You can always change. Don’t book an early reservation on the final Friday because you will want to be on deck while cruising on the Napali Coast. Complimentary Dining: Make reservations for everything at dinner. The Liberty Dining Room and Skyline were both great. Same dining room and menu. Liberty has the dress code, Skyline more casual. The breakfast at the Skyline was really good and better than the buffet in the Aloha Cafe. Aloha Café Buffet: I could always find something I enjoyed. We typically ate there for breakfast, and we only ate one lunch there. I am not a buffet fan, but considering the amount of food they are cooking for all of those folks on the ship, I give it a B+. We tried to choose something different each day, and were not disappointed on any night. Embarkation: Best advice! Wait until around 3pm before getting on the ship!! We walked right in. No wait. That morning, we took an Uber to the ship's port in Honolulu, unloaded our luggage prior to 10am on embarkation day. They let our Uber wait on us. We went inside and asked for "Luggage Storage". They charge $5 a bag. That literally took 5 minutes. We then went to Pearl Harbor and took our time. We got back to the ship around 2:30/3pm. It was a dream to check in. Prior to that the crew said the lines were crazy. So unless you can't stand it and want to wait at the terminal for 3 hours in line, hold your horses and enjoy your day. (I would suggest flying in on the Friday before the ship leaves.) Disembarkation: Of everything we did, I would probably rate this the lowest. They need some work on this area. On Princess, I was completely impressed with the way they handle disembarkation. Very organized. For POA, we chose to carry our own luggage out so we could leave at our own pace, and basically did the 'free-style get off the boat'. They had other scheduled times that people were leaving, but it seem to bottleneck. Long lines to get out of the port and on to our pre-arranged shuttles to the airport. It wasn't awful, and we weren't in a hurry, but I would suggest not scheduling your flight home until after 12pm. I think people who had scheduled excursions did not have have this issue. Excursions: Honolulu: Brief tutorial on Pearl Harbor. I spent more time planning this. It's confusing online and everyone offers a package. It makes sense once you are there. I hope this will save you several hours of your life! :) Pearl Harbor- Do this yourself. Book your tour of the USS Arizona online 1 month prior. It's free but you have to have a ticket and they go fast. You just pay a $1-2 fee to book. Go to recreation.gov/tickets website to reserve these tickets. Keep checking to see when they open your date. They are working on the loading dock at the memorial so you can't get off the boat, but you cruise the harbor, take photos, and watch a movie prior. Re-opens in Fall 2019. You cannot take a bag in. You can check it for $5. USS Missouri- You can purchase your tickets for the Missouri over at Pearl Harbor and they will shuttle you over. We just did the Mighty Mo pass. $29/each This was perfect for us and allows to you spend as much time touring as you would like after the initial tour. Maui: Road to Hana: We rented our own car and drove it. (We had a free rental. ) You can book a tour through the cruise line, around $200 each. Choose to do this on the first day especially if you drive yourself. Hairpin turns and takes 2-3 hours to go 40 miles- 1-way. Beautiful scenery. Plan for all day. Take a swimsuit and go to Wai'anapanapa State Park(black sand beach) Hakealea Crater at Sunrise- We booked through the ship- Beautiful! I would recommend. You have to be ready to go at 2:45 am so if you are not a morning person this is not for you. I wouldn’t suggest driving this yourself for the sunrise, no shoulders on the road and you are driving up a mountain to 10,000 ft. Take your camera and pack a heavy jacket. Temperature is 40 degrees at top. Pack a puffy ski -type jacket that you can roll tightly and squeeze in your luggage. Kauai- We booked a helicopter tour through Blue Hawaiian (Lihue airport) Same company that the cruise line uses. You save by booking direct and they will send a shuttle to come pick you up. Request it in the comments when you book. Highlight of the trip! Walk to Nawilliwilli Beach from the port. Hilo (Big Island) - Took an Uber to Carlsmith Beach. Fabulous! Not much around the port within walking distance. Take a taxi or Uber. Hilo Urgent Care and Hilo Medical Center ER were wonderful to us on an unplanned excursion to the ER. Hope you don't need to go there. Kona- Lots of shops along the port. Ate at Kona Brewing Company** Transportation at the ports: Each port was a little different, but the cruise line contracts with certain taxis and shuttles (in addition to booked excursions). If you want to use Uber, ask the crew what you need to do when you get off the ship. Most of the ports would require you to go beyond a certain point down the street to get picked up, but they would allow Uber drivers to drop you back off at the ship. I guess they don’t want every Uber driver jockeying for your business. Maui was the most difficult place to use Uber. Go for a taxi here. Last thing: Download the NCL app. This was helpful to know the schedule of events, our booked excursions and dinner reservations, and for keeping up with our room tab. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
My husband and I wanted to do Hawaii for our 20th wedding anniversary. This trip (NCL part of it) was recommended by my husband's parents. We flew into Honolulu on 5/1 and stayed until 5/4, where we boarded the Pride of America for ... Read More
My husband and I wanted to do Hawaii for our 20th wedding anniversary. This trip (NCL part of it) was recommended by my husband's parents. We flew into Honolulu on 5/1 and stayed until 5/4, where we boarded the Pride of America for a 7 night/8 day cruise. We selected several excursions through the ship. I also purchased a Happy Anniversary room decorating package and a Romance Package, which were both very nice and a really good deal. Before we embarked, we were offered the chance to improve our stateroom by bidding on two larger (upscale) rooms, as we were in the basic cheapest room. We won the bid, and wound up with a large room with balcony! Only cost me $100 more total! The excursions we picked (four of them) were amazing and we had so much fun. We had dinner in La Cucina one night, and the food and service was phenom! We tried the sushi bar one night as an appetizer to our main dining room, and we enjoyed that as well. All in all, we had a great time, the staff was very nice, the ship was clean and easy to navigate inside and out. The entertainment was really good too. Those kids dance their hearts out and they are very talented! Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
This was our 14th (or so) cruise and the first time we booked a Penthouse Suite. The room was better than expected and our Butler (Spencer) absolutely fabulous! Food on this ship much better than the Star on which we cruised through the ... Read More
This was our 14th (or so) cruise and the first time we booked a Penthouse Suite. The room was better than expected and our Butler (Spencer) absolutely fabulous! Food on this ship much better than the Star on which we cruised through the Panama Canal in January 2019. Even the specialty restaurants better on the Pride of American compared to the Star. Perhaps all this had to do with the language abilities of the crew. On the Hawaii cruise, every staff person with whom we spoke was engaging, fun and communicated perfectly. On the Star, even basic communication was difficult in restaurants, bars, with cabin crew, etc. By far our favorite Hawaii excursion was the Outrigger Canoe Experience. Actually run by a non-profit to promote Hawaiian culture to youth through canoeing, the company exposed we travelers to the same by having us row around a protected bay near the ship. Lots of fun & good exercise. The Hawaiian Islands cruise itinerary hasn't changed in decades, yet the stops are all nice & provide great access to various experiences. Easy on & off, even the tendering was well-managed and accessible to nearly everyone. Should Norwegian ever coordinate a 'golf/cruise package', we'll return sooner than expected. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Only ship that offered this island cruise. Photographers were not very good or friendly. Food was tasty and good. Choices were average. Communications and information have room for improvements. Staff are pretty much all ... Read More
Only ship that offered this island cruise. Photographers were not very good or friendly. Food was tasty and good. Choices were average. Communications and information have room for improvements. Staff are pretty much all friendly and willing to help. Cruise was for our 50th wedding anniversary. The only recognition was a note in our cabin when we first came aboard. We kept thinking that any day we too would be recognized like other anniversaries and birthdays were. Getting off the ship at the end of the cruise was very good. Alcohol policy is very confusing with no clear information? Talking to other guests it seems like shore excursions arranged through outside vendors were better and less expensive than those through NCL. Our NCL excursions were expensive, crowded, and provided less than desired seating assignments. Overall ship condition is getting close to an upgrade. The last day tour around Kauai was spectacular. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We saw a few bad reviews about not being able to get in to restaurants etc. But if you book a reservation either before you sail or soon after boarding, it is smooth sailing. The crew couldn't have been nicer to us, all the way from ... Read More
We saw a few bad reviews about not being able to get in to restaurants etc. But if you book a reservation either before you sail or soon after boarding, it is smooth sailing. The crew couldn't have been nicer to us, all the way from the Captain to the room steward Shelton. We had a hiccup on the trip (fire suppression system flooded our room). But they put us up in another room for the afternoon while they replaced the carpet and more than compensated us for our troubles (which were so minor in comparison). The ship is showing a few signs of age but none more than what we witness on other cruise ships we have been on. My only reservation is the same issue we have noticed on other cruises - people reserving chairs near the pool that they don't use for hours. If there was a policy, and enforced, that any items left unattended for more than 1 hour would be removed it would be appreciated 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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