Pride of America Cruise Review by nonscenic
- Sail Date: June 2019
- Destination: Hawaii
- Cabin Type: Balcony
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.
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