Pride of America Cruise Review by AlohaCathy
- Sail Date: July 2019
- Destination: Hawaii
- Cabin Type: Penthouse with Large Balcony
Plenty of space for the three of us and a curtain to separate the sofa bed from the queen bed. Large closet and loads of hanging. Nespresso machine for coffee. Beautiful Bvlgari toiletries in the small bathroom. Larry was our fabulous steward. We had a butler and concerige as well. We had ice and canapés every day. The butler also emptied the fridge for us and provided fresh milk for us to have with the coffee and bigger cups. He escorted us off the ship fast on the day we left and on the tender day at Kona. This was helpful. He was happy to make reservations for us but we did most of these before we left via the app. We also had priority seating in the theatre and the Conceirge took you to your seats each night which was lovely. We also used the concerige to change a dinner reservation when the dining room couldn’t move it for us.
The ship is a little dated but they’re working hard to keep it freshened up, they were always painting and cleaning and it was spotless.
90% of the crew were helpful and lovely and keen to do a good job. We met two rude waiters who had a bit of attitude but that was it.
We’ve had better food, but it was just fine.
Cagney’s breakfast was good. We had a package with three premium dining, water package and drinks package - id strongly recommend this. We also had onboard credit and bought a set of binoculars- decent price and highly recommended.
I did a few stretch and flex classes and they were excellent. The gym was good.
The shows were all fun that we saw - we passed on the magician - he was a bit lame. I won the bingo! That was fun. The comedian was quite funny but it was very old fashioned misogynistic humour that grated. My husband enjoyed it though! These Guys WorldWide were very good - excellent choice of music. Go on the first night as they put on a showcase of all the entertainment so you can decide what you might want to see later in the week.
Ship excursions were exorbitant- we did our own thing and it was easy to navigate round.
If you’ve read the negative reviews don’t worry you’ll have a great time if you just think of the ship as your floating hotel!
We had an amazing trip and would recommend it!
AIR MAUI HELICOPTER REVIEW
We walked out of the port and called an Uber/Lyft from the grocery store in the mall opposite the port. The grocery store was a good place to grab some cold drinks. A helicopter trip is expensive but worth it. Make sure you take the advice and wear dark clothes, the guy in front had white writing on his black shirt and it annoyingly reflected on the windows. Didn’t spoil it. I was worried about feeling sick but it was fine. I felt very safe with the great captain. They try to flog you the obligatory photo/video package but it’s not a high pressure sell. It was expensive but it was so much cheaper than the ships tour. They had good strong Wifi there which was helpful. We got an Uber back to the ship via a great shopping mall that was nearby. We booked our tickets on the Costco US website! We live in the UK and Had to use a friend in the US’s address and credit card but that was fine she “gifted” it to us! (We had to pay her back obviously but it was fine to buy and gift the voucher to someone if you know what I mean. The price for one of us to go on the ships tour was the price for all 3 of us!
Enterprise Rent A Car Maui
We’d seen everything the day before from the helicopter so wanted to see it close up on land. We hired a car from the Enterprise Kahului Hana Hwy location. It’s a safe and easy walking distance from the ship just 10 minutes. Rental car Cost was $70 and we booked a Hyundai Elantra. We had a little drive along the coast. We visited Costco and they had a ton of Hawaiin shirts! You can get your fuel there if you need to as well. Renting the car was very fast and so painless, Miami airport could learn a thing or two! Admittedly we waited until the rush was over and went a bit later, this was a bonus as we got a much upgraded car for free and it had a built in sat nav. Mainly because all the prebooked cars had already gone so only the good cars were left! Navigating was very easy. We just took a little drive up the coast road and stopped In a beautiful beach where we were the only people. We drove until the road turned single track then did a u turn and drove back. Another lovely day! Very relaxed and and a day for just exploring and seeing.
Hilo, Big Island
Mauka Makai Adventures
We loved our tour with Josh, he collected us from the Pride of America and we spent a fabulous day touring the Island with 5 other people. I booked this trip last minute via TripAdvisor as I wasn’t sure about renting a car and I’m so glad we did this trip rather than our own Self-guided one. We learnt so much about the area, loved our visit to the Volcano National Park (pouring with rain but it was fine!) the waterfalls were pretty and we loved seeing the turtles on the beach. It was so so tempting to take some volcanic rock home but we respected the rules (and the gods) and left it there!! Lunch was so delicious. We weren’t really bothered about the orchid farm or chocolate shop but it was a nice end to a really fabulous day. Take warmer clothes for the volcano area - we did need them on. This is a fabulous shore excursion and good value. The van was comfy and there was plenty of room.
Kona, Big Island
We got the tender into the port and had a walk around. It’s a pretty town. We walked up and down the high street and went to a nearby lovely beach. Huge waves, toilets and changing rooms. Lots of people were body boarding. It was only a short Uber/Lyft back to the ship.
Wings Over Kauai
We’re so sorry we didn’t get to fly due to the weather. The owner kindly came and collected us from the Pride of America and explained it was touch and go whether we’d be able to fly or not because it was so cloudy with heavy rain forecast. He gave us the option to head to the airport a quick ride away to chat to the pilot to see the current situation and get our money back if the plane didn’t go. Sadly we ended up with a full refund as we couldn’t reschedule as we were back on the ship for a new port of call. We do hope to be back one day to see the island by plane. We were very impressed with the safety record and service and no quibble decision to refund us. This is a well run outfit book with confidence. He also kindly dropped us off at the very large shopping mall on the way back so we had a good shop in the Macy’s etc. There was also a Costco at this location too but we resisted! We just missed the public bus so decided to get an Uber/Lyft back to the ship instead.
Kauai Day 2
Kalapaki Beach is within 9 mins walking distance of the dock at Nawiliwili. It's a public beach park with some rentals. There are food trucks and restaurants nearby. I had a lovely walk along the beach and to the big hotel that was there. Good waves and a decent little beach!
Afternoon Cruise Napali Coast - Our cabin was 12506. We sat on our HUGE balcony (3 loungers and a set of table and chairs) and used the binoculars that we’d bought on the ship the day before to spot the waterfalls and boats bobbing about. The views were simply breathtaking. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. THIS was why we chose to cruise on Pride of America.
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