Pride of Aloha (RETIRED) Cruise Review to Hawaii

Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Experience
2-3 cruises

Review
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2 out of 5

"El Cheapo" Cruise

Sail Date: December 01, 2007

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Balcony

Norwegian Cruise Line will not tell you that this is a training ship. They introduce new hires into their restaurants as servers and the servers are not shy about letting us know this. If this is your first cruise, you will love it because you have nothing to compare it to.

Pros: The excursions

Cons: The service, food, onboard entertainment

Recommends Pride of Aloha (RETIRED)? No.

Cabin / Stateroom
The staterooms were as advertised. The comforter and sheet was an all-in-one. The mattresses were were about 3 inches thick. The frame was thin as well. Your suitcases could fit under the bed. That was a plus. YOu have a 13 inch tv in your room with limited cable. CNN, ESPN, and one local station when in port.
Food and Dining
Dining at the buffet was like going to the DMV. The lines were long and confusing. Apparently everyone ate at the same time. The food selections were poor. It was hard trying to determine what people were in line for. For example, the regular buffet line contained an informal waffle line, egg order line, and pancake line. The lines were frequently congested and management was hard to find. The restaurant meals were not presented well. It was often the same buffet food with a herb or flower garnish.
Freestyle Cruising does NOT work.
Service and Staff
The staff was young and unprofessional. For many of them it was their first job. They knew very little about customer service.
Ship Quality
The ship was very small. There were only 2 swimming pools and 2 hot tubs, limited pool/deck chairs, limited seating in the Blue Hawaii room. The decor was cheerful.
Children's Programs
The arcade was small. The children spent most of their time in the hot tubs and the adult swimming pools. If you are honeymooning this can be a drag.
Entertainment
There was no adult entertainment, because children attended each function. We were charged for a show in the theatre that they say was a Broadway show. How outrageous! The cruise director was not a people person. You rarely saw him. He was more like a gameshow host. The disco's were geared toward teenagers. The hosts were not discreet about dating each other. I enjoyed being in the Piano Bar lounge (Captain Cook),but the party music in the Blue Hawaii room adjacent was a huge distraction to the songstress Robin Lukas. She was awesome!!!!!!!!!!! Andre, the piano man, serenaded my guest and I at each meal. We thoroughly enjoyed his music. He was very professional. There wasn't much variety for evening entertainment on board. It was either comedy and then dinner or dinner and then comedy.


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