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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!!!

First time to the islands - some good tips for first timers.

Pride of America Cruise Review by FloridaAmy

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2019
  • Destination: Hawaii
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Balcony
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!!!
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