January 2015 - Pride of America to Hawaii
Our 7 day Pride of America cruise was brilliant. It gave us the chance to really explore 3 of the islands with a great itinerary. The ship stayed in port for 2 days on Maui and Kauai, which gave us a chance to really see a variety of places. On the Big Island, the boat was in port on the east side for one night, Hilo, and the west side for one night, Kona. This too allowed for considerable exploration. The food, entertainment and ship's crew were all brilliant and made for a relaxed and pleasant time when on the ship. The ship has a variety of restaurants, if one wishes to experiment. We stayed with the main dining halls which served a variety of excellent dishes. Both the boarding process and the exit process were amazingly efficient, better than any cruise we had done before. The entertainment, particularly the evening shows, was superb. A quartet of young men did a Jersey Boys show that was really top notch. Do be aware that the boat does not come into the port of Kona so that passengers are "tendered" to the shore on small boats. For this one needs to get a ticket, and by the time we got to the ticket's our tendering time was assigned as much later than we wanted. We were able to go standby and get off the boat at an earlier time, so this was a minor frustration only. There is a large variety of shore excursions available, but it is also very easy to make one's own way to sites if one chooses. Really, this was about a relaxing a vacation as one can imagine in what truly is a paradise.