June 2015 - Pride of America to Hawaii
Our expectations were framed by our travel agent as this was our first cruise with an American crew. He wanted us to be prepared for a lower level of service. In some ways, he was correct but for the most part, we were pleasantly surprised. It was our first NCL cruise and that in itself was a change to much more casual cruise experience. We are "old school" and probably will go back to our previous favorite Celebrity but wanted the itinerary this cruises offered. We found the crew to be exceptionally friendly, much more interactive with us (language was not a barrier) and chatty with one another. There was not one instance of lowered service levels and we enjoyed our dining and bar experiences across the entire week. This is a great way to see the variety of the islands and we felt that it allowed us to experience all aspects of the beauty and international aspects of Hawaii. We took about 4 NCL excursions and booked 3 through (tours by Roberts Hawaii) and all were very enjoyable. The ship itself is older and doesn't "wow" you but was small enough to take advantage of everything it offered. We did think the shows were some of the best we've ever seen. The Four Seasons mimics "Oh What a Night" were extremely entertaining as was the magician (did a Houdini type escape at the pool one day) and the comedian. Was not crazy about the Cruise Director (Jazz I think?). Would recommend this cruise to everyone!