Pride of Aloha (RETIRED) 435 Cruise Review to Hawaii

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3 out of 5

Great way to see Hawaii the first time

Sail Date: August 05, 2007

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

We recently celebrated our 25th anniversary with NCL on The Pride of Aloha. We are experienced cruisers, 12 plus. We found this cruise to have no frills and the service was poor. We expected this from reading reviews prior to booking. We still had a great time and found it to be a great way to sample many islands for the first time.

Pros: extended time on each island

Cons: The service was very poor

Recommends Pride of Aloha (RETIRED) 435? Yes!

Food and Dining
The buffet was the same day after day but good. The free style dining was ok but not very personal. The speciality restaurants were great.
Ship Quality
For an older ship it was in good condition and well maintained. The public areas were cluttered and messy at times
Service and Staff
Although the staff seemed friendly, they didn't seem to want to work. We saw several arguments between staff and as stated above never saw our room steward.
Cabin / Stateroom
We were pleased with the size and comfort of our room. We never once saw our room steward though.
nothing special, not bad
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
We ate at a local Japanese Restaurant, it was great. We even got 'Bentos" box lunches to go. Rental car agencies are quite far from the pier. Kona coffee is the bomb!!!
Don't Miss: Zodiak ride and snorkeling at Capt. Cook Monument
Kahului, Maui
A nice sporty convertable is the way to drive the road to Hana. I would suggest bringing a lunch, the food is sparce and very expensive.
Don't Miss: Drive the road to Hana
Hilo, Hawaii
The water falls here are wonderful. We went to Akita Falls, Rainbow Falls, Boiling Pots and Pe'epe'e Falls
Don't Miss: A helicopter ride over flowing lava is a must!!!
Nawiliwili, Kauai
Rent a Jeep or Convertable to enjoy the beauty here. Also went to a great luau
Don't Miss: A helicopter tour up the Napali Coast is a must !!!

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