Pride of Aloha (RETIRED) 435 Cruise Review to Hawaii

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4 out of 5

We loved it. Strongly recommended.

Sail Date: May 01, 2007

Reviewed: 10 years ago

Room Type: Balcony

The island-hopping itinerary is simply perfect since it gives you a chance to experience all of the islands in a "moving resort".
Highlights are the food and activities (both of which pretty much make the vacation for me) while low point was the $55 unlimited (single-person) soda ticket.
You should also know that save for several exceptions this is a no-tipping ship; however a fixed $10 gratuity charge per person per cabin is added to your account every day.

Pros: Great food, awesome excursions, dining freedom.

Cons: The beverage prices are ridiculous.

Recommends Pride of Aloha (RETIRED) 435? Yes!

Ship Quality
The ship is indeed a bit old and in some places it shows. However public areas were kept clean and it was fairly easy to find your way around.
We didn't use the pools, but the hot tubs were nice... Just avoid them on a windy day...
Cabin / Stateroom
We had a balcony room.
We found the space to be adequate and fairly comfortable, the bed already had extra padding so it was quite comfortable and the stateroom staff was awesome.
Service and Staff
No special examples.
Everyone was friendly and polite and we never had a question that wasn't answered promptly and properly.
You can see a list of the activities in their website and see why I'm granting such a high score here. We did four of them (had to rest at some point) and we loved each one. Our favorites were the kayak ride to the waterfall and the downhill bike ride. But there are way too many options to mention here.
Overall we found our guides to be well informed, entertaining and friendly.
Food and Dining
Three of the restaurants require reservations and have a cover charge, but the peace and quiet you get there easily makes it worth it. However the buffet restaurant was so good that we chose to eat there most of the time. Just about everything we ate in this ship was great; simple as that.
Freestyle dining means that you can eat whenever you want with whomever you want. Sounds great to me!

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