Sail Date: March 2019
Great way to see the Hawaiian Islands. The ship is a nice floating hotel with free food. You travel while you sleep. Friendly crew, very solid entertainment, and well established things to do while at port. Aloha cafe handled the ... Read More
Great way to see the Hawaiian Islands. The ship is a nice floating hotel with free food. You travel while you sleep. Friendly crew, very solid entertainment, and well established things to do while at port. Aloha cafe handled the crowds well and the crew kept up with the crowds. Liberty and Skyline restaurants were well managed and food was quite good. La Cucina gets two thumbs up while Moderno gets two thumbs down. Staff was slow and did not give a good representation of that style of dining. Could not compare to the experience we had while on the Pearl last August in Alaska. It would have been nice if the outdoor (key west bar and grill) was open for more hours and had healthy items to snack on while enjoying the views and great Hawaiian climate. On the one day we did not dock on a pier the process was very slow and the lines were too long. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
I chose this cruise because I wanted to cruise the Hawaiian Islands. NCL was the only cruise line that offered what I wanted. It looked amazing on paper and it was more than amazing to actually be a passenger on the ship. We started with ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I wanted to cruise the Hawaiian Islands. NCL was the only cruise line that offered what I wanted. It looked amazing on paper and it was more than amazing to actually be a passenger on the ship. We started with 3 fantastic days touring Oahu with Polynesian Adventures, a tour company contracted by NCL. Our driver/guide, Kimo was the cream of the crop. We spent one day at the Polynesian Cultural Center, one at the Pearl Harbor (USS Arizona) Memorial and several museums associated with this including the USS Missouri which was a historical adventure all on its own. The third day we were at Kualoa Ranch where many movies of renown were filmed. Then we were dropped at the pier to board the Pride of America. The ship was beautiful and clean, the crew and service were quite extraordinary. The ship was very easy to navigate. The food in the Skyline and the Aloha Cafe' was delicious and especially the Skyline offered many choices to try new things. It did not disappoint. There was a wide variety of shore excursions and every single one of them was interesting and fantastic in it's own way. I had many new experiences and felt awed to be in such beauty. As always, on a programed tour, we always felt we could have had more time at each destination, but adequate time was provided for shopping on shore if the excursion got back soon enough. Our cabin was an outside balcony and it was perfect, especially for the day we sailed past the Na Pali Coast in Kauai. It was our last activity and it was stunningly beautiful to sit on our balcony and view the lovely scenery. I would travel Norwegian again and would definitely go to Hawaii again. Norwegian has the embarkation and disembarkation processes down to a science, everything went very smoothly and did not take much time at all. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
I'm fairly new to cruising (but this isn't my first rodeo). I went on my honeymoon to POA — more so to see a bunch of islands without having to go through more than one TSA line. I, of course, saw the negative reviews and ... Read More
I'm fairly new to cruising (but this isn't my first rodeo). I went on my honeymoon to POA — more so to see a bunch of islands without having to go through more than one TSA line. I, of course, saw the negative reviews and like my french fries, took them with a grain of salt. But after having a pretty lovely vacation, I want to discuss some things: This is a floating hotel without the bells and whistles. It is clean, has pretty good food, fairly decent to excellent service, smaller cabins that are still serviceable and tidy, and a really nice pool deck. There are not a ton of pool games. A lot of the activities were cancelled because of disinterest. There's not a lively night life. If you cruise because you love the activities and the hustle and bustle of the ship, and prefer to spend a lot of time on a ship trying all different kinds of drinks and meals and experiences — this is not the ship for you! If you are, instead, looking to get all you can out of a variety of islands and want a nice, clean place to call home every night, I think you'd enjoy it. If you're looking for a new adventure while still having some familiar comforts of a standard cruise (a great breakfast buffet, nice variety of restaurants, a fun cruise director, nightly shows, etc), than I REALLY think you'd enjoy it. DEPARTURE CITY: Spent 4 days in Waikiki Beach at the Outrigger beforehand. Would definitely recommend it for a few reasons: beautiful beaches, nice walkable city with sights like Pearl Harbor and Diamond Head, Dole Whip, Loco Moco, and catching up to jet lag. I didn't do it with the ship, I preferred to do my own thing. EMBARKATION/DISEMBARKATION: Truly easy as pie. Probably 20 minutes from shore to ship both ways. We chose to walk off with our bags, and if you can swing it, do it. SHIP: Clean, except for the 6th floor hallway (by the library) that smells like sewage. I quickly walked through it, but I live in NYC so this is fairly normal for me. Otherwise, felt like the theme was a little antiquated but really kept very sparkling and nice. CABIN: Clean, fit a whole week's worth of clothing for two people no problem, had a nice couch, the balcony was small but offered beautiful views of the Na Pali Coast and was great to sit and drink champagne on. Bathroom offered soap, shampoo, and body wash but we brought our own. Shower curtain was a little finicky. Soft bed. DINING: We got the Ultimate Dining Plan because it was our honeymoon and there would be no more pictures of me in white so I wanted to gorge myself up like a tick. MDR: was nice and the Liberty Dining Room had the best, best service of the whole trip. Really friendly waiters ready with recommendations and customizations. Food was pretty good, but there were some misses, so don't be afraid to order a few extra dishes. BUFFET: Always busy and hard to get seating, and the variety wasn't that strong (typically pizza, American station, fruit/cheese/cold cuts, one specialty section, Asian, and Indian/veg section), but the breakfast was fantasticccccc and the ice cream machine always worked well. If you were looking to get snacks on off hours, the choices were limited, but who can resist mac and cheese? SPECIALITY: Moderno was our least favorite — the salad bar was amazing but there was too much food cooked either wildly over- or underdone. That being said, if you want to load up on meats, go for it. Cagney's was the best. The sides were fantastic (mash! creamed corn!) and the meat was cooked exactly as requested. Felt like something you'd find onshore. La Cucina was also pretty great. A ton of food that was very rich, so come hungry and don't be scared of butter or cream. Finally, Teppanyaki was a must-do. Really fun show and the food was quite tasty. If I could do it again, I would have just done a 3-meal package because the MDR was better than I expected and would have loved to try it one more time. DRINKS: The bartenders were the high point if they liked you! Some of the best drinks were made by some of the friendliest people, which is good because you're paying a ton for them. Other bartenders were a little bit ornery, but in a fun gruff way that you can at least expect in NYC. Be prepared to wait for drinks for a bit at the pool bar, but idk man! It's the pool! It's relaxing! I wouldn't get the unlimited package. You'd have to drink more than 8 drinks a day for it to be worth it, and this is not a late night ship. We are not afraid of a few drinks on vacation, and we still came in almost 500 under what the total price would have been. I suggest ordering champagne to the room. Best bars were the pool bar and the Gold Rush Saloon. ENTERTAINMENT/ACTIVITIES: Not the ship for it. Went to see the magician and did the '70's dance party, and found that we much preferred loafing on our bed watching movies. It gets quiet and they cancel a ton of stuff (trivia and Mr Sexy Legs at least) because nobody shows up. I didn't mind that because I was getting up early and am not really an activities girl, but if this is big for you I don't recommend this ship. Clay was a fun cruise director though! SERVICE: Sometimes good, sometimes meh. Never horrible. Mostly just slow, but again, you could probably pour a beer on my head and I wouldn't complain to the manager. I mean, I would, but quietly. I wasn't offended by the service in the slightest, and there were some great shining stars throughout the trip. PORTS/EXCURSIONS: The best part!!! Did a few with the ship and one on my own: 1. Maui Day One — did Molokini Turtle Snorkel with the Pacific Whale Foundation. My goodness, do this one if you're even slightly interested! Swam right next to a turtle, saw a ton of fish, met really smart, informative guides, had the time of my life. Water was blue and beautiful and lovely. 2. Maui Day Two — did Atlantis Submarine/Lahaina. I MIGHT do this separate from the ship next time because it's really just a disorganized bus ride to a town where there's plenty of amazing things to see and do, but the Submarine was really cool and we saw sharks and fish. You could definitely sign up right in town. The town was great and had lots of fun shops. I wonder if you could take a cab there (or arrange for your own transportation) and skip the bus ride, but because the ship leaves on day 2 I'd recommend trying that on the overnight stay (day 1) so you don't need to worry. 3. Hilo — we did the black sand beach tour, went to the waterfalls and visited some of the steam vents from the recent eruption there. Very cool. Also visited the mac nut factory. Our tour guide Traven was so interesting and fun. It was a great reminder that Hawaii isn't just all beaches, it's got gorgeous, lush, Jurassic Park land. 4. Kona — Just tendered. Easy tender process but get a ticket early. I'd say try to get back to the boat by 2pm — no lines then. We just went to Kona Brewery and enjoyed a walk through town. Absolutely beautiful water, so I almost regret not booking a snorkel. There IS a public beach right by the tender boats though. 5. Kaui — Did the Smith's Family Luau with bus transportation independent of the ship. Life changing. DO IT. The food was incredible, as was the show. Really authentic, family oriented, and gorgeous. The grounds were amazing and we saw tons of animals, too. Listen, we had an amazing honeymoon. Hawaii is a gorgeous island. WHEN we come back, we'd probably just stay in Maui a few days as it was our favorite island. But if you want a once-in-a-lifetime look at a bunch of islands, please push some of the negative reviews aside, come with an open mind, and enjoy the beauty of this state. If you LOVE cruising and mostly cruise just to be on the ship, though, I'd stay away from this trip. Otherwise, you'll have a great time! :) Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We were invited to cruise with a couple celebrating their 40th anniversary. The Hawaiian islands are beautiful and the intinerary allowed us to get a good feel for many of the key islands. Service and friendliness of staff was top ... Read More
We were invited to cruise with a couple celebrating their 40th anniversary. The Hawaiian islands are beautiful and the intinerary allowed us to get a good feel for many of the key islands. Service and friendliness of staff was top notch. Ala crate drinks are ridiculously expensive in in attempt to get passengers to buy the unlimited drink package which is also very expensive. The dining experience was fine but not top notch. NCL passengers wanting an upgraded dining experience must pay for it by dining in specialty restaurants. Make no mistake: this is a very expensive cruise but many things in Hawaii are more expensive since many items must be shipped in. Entertainment was acceptable. The Divas3 were very good. We were blessed with great weather. Most sailings occur in the evening which might offer a better visual experience during the months with more daylight hours. Overall, this was a good experience. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We were on our honeymoon and decided to go all out. We did the 10 day Oahu explorer trip so we were put up in a hotel in Waikiki for the first 3 days. The bus trips were fun and very well planned. Getting on and off the boat was a breeze. ... Read More
We were on our honeymoon and decided to go all out. We did the 10 day Oahu explorer trip so we were put up in a hotel in Waikiki for the first 3 days. The bus trips were fun and very well planned. Getting on and off the boat was a breeze. The activities on the boat were a little lacking. There is no casino since Hawaii is a non gaming state. Most of the entertainment was geared towards an older crowd, which most of the boat was. Even most of the bars closed early. For as much fun as the trip was I would not cruise Hawaii again. It’s was a long flight and older crowd. I would definitely do the Caribbean again before Hawaii. The shore excursions were fun but again it was an older crowd. The highlight of the trip for us was having the penthouse with our own butler. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this NCL Pride of America cruise because we planned to visit Hawai for or 30th anniversary. This cruisde seemed to allow us to visit more places in the short time than other travel options we investigated. We have previously ... Read More
We chose this NCL Pride of America cruise because we planned to visit Hawai for or 30th anniversary. This cruisde seemed to allow us to visit more places in the short time than other travel options we investigated. We have previously cruised with another cruise company twice before to different locations,. This was our first trip to Hawaii and our first cruise with NCL. We cruised with another couple and choose adjoining balcony cabins for this cruise. We where happy with the cabin layout, size and cleanliness and service throughout the cruise overall. We did notice that there appeared to be a bit of delatyed maintence on the ship, in particular the handrailings on our balcony needed a bit of a refresh. We had selected excursions in Kona, (gold coast and cloud forest) and Hilo (hawaiian botanical garden) and on Kauai (Waimea canyon and the Luau) before setting sail. We felt all these ship excursions were wonderful and providers very good. The ship exit and return went well and each stop had a good amount of transportation waiting to get you where you needed to go whether or not the excursions where connected with the ship. The remaining days we rented a car and explored Maui and Volcanoes National Park on our own and booked a private tour not associated with the ship the final morning on Kauai. For us this was a great mix of ease and the ability to adventure on our own and stop when and where we wished. while on the cruise ship we tried a variety of dining options from buffet, when we were concerned about expediency, specialty restaurants (brazilian and italian) and dining rooms. The service at each location was quite good and the food quality was good. We did not find the food to anything which I would consider outstanding. We did find the cost of the specialty dining to be a bit expensive but not unreasonable. We did not attend much of the entertainment on this cruise, nor use the exercise facilities or pool area to any great degree. We listened in a couple of times performers but did not attend any of the larger shows. This was in part because we were booked with excursions etc as there is so much to see in Hawaii and in part we did not see anything that looked particularly inspiring. Overall we were quite happy with this trip. we turly loved the variety of ports we where able to explore during this time. Our goal was to check out as much as we could since retirement is on the horizon and we are looking for options of places to visit once that comes. We found the Hawaiian people to be lovey and definitely would plan to go back again. I think the next time, this cruise gave us enough of a feel for the islands that we would be confident in going on our own. This cruise was good for allowing us to choose areas which we would like to spend more time when we do return. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
The cruise was amazing it was great to see Hawaii this way! The activities were a blast our cruise director Jami was the bomb we met at disco night she came up to our table and asked if were ready to dance and of course I said absolutely! ... Read More
The cruise was amazing it was great to see Hawaii this way! The activities were a blast our cruise director Jami was the bomb we met at disco night she came up to our table and asked if were ready to dance and of course I said absolutely! She smiled and said I’ll be coming to grab you first. We went out and danced and laughed it was such a fun night!! I found out the next day she was the cruise director. We did nightly activities and saw her at them all. She has such a great personality I felt like we were immediate friends! She was so sweet and sent a beautiful container of chocolate covered strawberries to our cabin! I wasn’t able to find her the last couple days but on disembarkment she was standing there with that big smile. I hugged her and thanked her for being so warm and fun and for the strawberries of course! Back to the cruise. The excursions were good we got to see a lot of things. The ship is beautiful and the food was great at most of the places we dined. I have only two issues with the Cruise overall the first is that the upper decks were wet with pooling water at times and I did fall twice due to that. I learned to be very careful walking on them lol. The 2nd is that we chose the service charge and gratuity package but it didn’t apply to drinks and a 20% gratuity was automatically added to each bill. Our bartenders were awesome though so they deserved it but I’d have preferred to decide the tip and not have it decided for me. Over all it was a fabulous experience and I’d definitely travel with NCL again! The bartenders we got to know were all so much fun I enjoyed seeing them everyday! In closing “washy washy, happy happy” Thanks for a great time everyone! Cheers! Anne Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Went on this cruise for our honeymoon Cruise was lovely but found some of staff to be rude Most of the staff on the cruise was ok but found reception to be extremely rude and not helpful The buffet food was lovely for breakfast ... Read More
Went on this cruise for our honeymoon Cruise was lovely but found some of staff to be rude Most of the staff on the cruise was ok but found reception to be extremely rude and not helpful The buffet food was lovely for breakfast and lunch but found the dinner was cold so had to book the restaurants Wich we had to pay for We booked 4 restaurants cost 300 dollars 4 2 people We had Japanes - absolutely outstanding Cagneys steakhouse - out of this world La cuchina - food was lovely but waited nearly over 1 hour and 30 for main course Moderno churrascaría - staff very pleasant and helpful but food was terrible I asked how meat was cooked they told me Medium rare and came out well done they severed 7 diferent types of meat from chicken to chorizo but all over cooked So the cruise itself is good just the dinner side is a Let down as you have to pay to get something decent Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
This was our first cruise. My husband and I went with my brother and sister-in-law who had been on a cruise before. It was suggested that we take the cruise out of Honolulu as that way we would get to experience more time on the Islands ... Read More
This was our first cruise. My husband and I went with my brother and sister-in-law who had been on a cruise before. It was suggested that we take the cruise out of Honolulu as that way we would get to experience more time on the Islands of Hawaii. Overall it was a great experience! We had a room with a balcony which made it so nice to be able to open the door and listen to the waves as we set sail to another island. We also got ample opportunities to take sunset pictures which were breathtaking! The bathroom was a little tight maneuvering around, especially for my husband who is a fairly large man. We disembarked onto the islands at every opportunity. We found that talking to natives on the islands provided us with the best prices for exploring the many attractions it had to offer. We save over 40% off what the ship prices provided and we got the experience of the people that live on the islands. Disembarking and embarking went pretty smoothly. You always have to have your ship card on your person as well as a photo id to get on and off the ship. There was many different food offerings on the ship. The buffet was pretty good. It offered the biggest variety and there were several stations serving the same food so that lines were minimal, even at the busiest hours. We did eat at a couple of the restaurants that were not included in our package, and I would say the Steakhouse was the best meal we had on the ship!! The service was excellent and the food was phenomenal. There was a crew member who sprayed your hands with hand sanitizer any time you entered the food buffet area. I reasonable precaution given all the people on board and hearing of illnesses on past ships. The Cruise Director was so friendly, enthusiastic and informative. There was plenty to do on board the ship. Entertainment included comedy shows, magic shows (for adults and children), plenty of music and dancing that varied each night as well. Also, other types of entertainment that involved the travelers such as a "Not So Newlywed Game" which was very funny! Given all the free food offered, I was glad to see this ship had a wonderful fitness center that included many of the latest treadmills, elliptical machines and other fitness equipment as well. I used them daily!! The pools were clean and we also enjoyed the experience of the Jacuzzi and meeting new friends!! Overall, our cruise on the Pride of America was a dream come true for my husband and myself. We would definitely go again, and I would recommend this trip to any of my family and friends! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We are NCL Platinum, 10th cruise on NCL. Never been to Hawaii before. Seniors. We took this trip to meet relatives from Australia. We flew from Chicago to LAX then on to HNL on Wednesday. We booked Charleys Taxi for a flat rate ride to the ... Read More
We are NCL Platinum, 10th cruise on NCL. Never been to Hawaii before. Seniors. We took this trip to meet relatives from Australia. We flew from Chicago to LAX then on to HNL on Wednesday. We booked Charleys Taxi for a flat rate ride to the hotel and saved about $5. The cab was right there, no waiting. We booked the precruise night through NCL and additional two nights with credit card points. The NCL provides the room and transport to the ship. Breakfast is not included. The Hilton Village is really too big. First question the cabbie had was which tower do you want? Main Lobby I guess. NCL has reps at the hotel on Wed 1-6, Fri 2-6, and Sat 730AM-930AM. The desk is in the main lobby around the corner near the concierge desk and Avenue store. see picture. You have to check in with them to get scheduled for bus 1 or 2 on Saturday. Plus give them your room number for luggage pickup. Tips are included. We checked in at the main desk and told them we were on a NCL booking. They gave us the upgrade pitch and we bought it to get in the Rainbow Tower facing the ocean. $60 extra per day. Daily resort fee on private bookings is $40. Covered by NCL bookings. Hotel was nice bed comfortable, coffee machine, balcony with chairs. When it was time for our Arizona tour we had to find our way to the Bus Terminal which is at the far corner of the Grand Islander Tower. there were signs along the way to "bus terminal". This turned out to be the same place to meet for the NCL bus on Saturday. The hotel has fireworks on Friday at exactly 745 which is very intense and lasts exactly 5 minutes. There was quite a crowd. Arizona Tour: We booked a small group tour which included a drive through town pointing out some of the other sites. Half day trip. We had assigned times for the boat ride and had time to visit the other exhibits. There was a 22 minute film and then on to the boat. The Arizona dock has been damaged so we couldn't dock. what we got was a drive by in the boat and they told us not to stand up so that was very disappointing. Didn't see much. On Thursday and Friday there were sprinkles each day a few times. On Saturday we had the 11AM bus so we made our way to the bus terminal lobby, look for the rep with the paddle. lined up, boarded the bus off to the ship. Long line to chek in through security then get the ID card. The on board we heard about the wine and drink packages. Drinks on POA Info I found while on POA cruise in February 2019. The ship being American flagged is bound by all local laws so they have to purchase goods at the same places that the hotels on land do. All drinks include a 20% tip and about 5% local tax depending on which island you are at. So the drink prices are as high as you would pay at the land hotels. We are two seniors that drank whatever we wanted which included wine, beer, cocktails, and cappuccinos on the trip. A dos Equis beer came in at $8.40 total. My wife liked the Rose wine which wasn't on the wine package list so we just bought it as desired. A bottle was $46.00 total with tax and tip so 5 glasses was about $9.40 each equivalent. The cocktails were from $12 to $15 each. I had a double vodka which was just over $30. There is no extra shot discount that is available on other NCL ships, and no bucket of beer discount. We could purchase a bottle of wine in the dining room and then carry it to the other bars after dinner or back to the room or in one case we left a bottle at Cagney's because we were returning two days later. The drink of the day was $8.95 + T&T = $11.18 There were wine packages available for 3,4,5 bottles but we passed. The drink package was offered at $99 a day per person. So 99 times 7 plus T&T of 25% is $866 total per person. Our total bill for the week includes beer with lunch, pre dinner cocktail, wine with dinner, drinks after dinner came to $900. So for 2 people we spent $65 a day each total or just a little more than the package price for one person. We had a penthouse suite which was a beautiful large room with a double balcony. Note that the step in tub has a step over of about 21 inches with a grab bar. Sunday Maui We booked a private tour for four with mauiislandtaxitour . Our driver Nick Crowley drove us around about 5 hours a day on Sunday and Monday to see the island. we choose not to do the road to Hana but keep to the other sites. Nick was very informative and showed us some places you wouldn't normally see . Stopped in town for lunch and shop tours. When you compare prices of the NCL tours for the four of us, we actually saved some money and got to come and go as we saw fit. Didn't have to wait for 40 people to get on the bus and 40 people to get off the bus all day. Tuesday Hilo We didn't have any big plans except maybe going into town. It poured rain all day long and we never left the ship. Wednesday Kona Kona is pretty cool and you pull into the pier and are right in town. It's a short walk to visit the Hulihe'e Palace which was $16 for seniors. Then further down was the Kona Inn shopping center where we wound up having lunch and buying some souvenirs. Then down the street was the flea market for some more souvenirs for the grand kids. No rain today, they did get it yesterday though. Thursday Kauai Had another private tour booked today with KauaiIslandShuttle com . Got a late start because the ship was late. saw the Waimea canyon, falls, coffee plantation, had lunch, spouting horn etc. Friday half day we took the free shuttle to the hotel area, had a dink at Dukes. Walked through the hotel . Looked around and bused back. The in the PM it was the slow cruise by the Na Pali coast. spectacular site. Then they turn around so you can see it from the other side. also a few whales showed up. Saturday they start the announcements about 730 and go on and on every ten minutes. It's a quick walk off and we went right to the airport for our 2 PM flight. Cab was $30. Airport has no curbside check in and you have to have your bags x ray'd and tagged to check them in. The AA counter doesn't open till 1115 per the sign and there was no place to sit. So there we stood for about 2 hours and we sat on the luggage drop scales. Honolulu was very crowded and seemed like there were bus load after bus load of tourist from China. The flight time from China is more reasonable. All the other islands were a lot more peaceful. I think we had some rain every day except two. Cagney's was still th best, everybody went to dinner at 7 PM. 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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