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Pride of America Cruise Review to Hawaii

Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 9

Overall Rating:

1 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Hawaii (Honolulu Roundtrip)
Sail Date: March 25, 2006
Ship: Pride of America
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 12 years ago

This was the WORST cruise experience I could imagine, short of natural disaster striking. This "freestyle" cruising is truly "fend for yourself" cruising. The ship is understaffed, and the staff that is present is most unpleasant. (I guess up-front, mandetory tipping provides no incentive to provide service.) The activities are few and far-between, and each lasts approximately 30 minutes. Hence, just when something might be fun, it is over. There are some amazing restaurants, which cost extra. That would be fine, except seating is EXTREMELY limited, leaving you to eat in a buffet nastier than most diners on a cross-country road trip. The buffet routinely ran out of food, including essentials like milk & cereal. My husband (and most of our floor)caught an awful virus, causing us both to be quaranteened. No one ever checked on us or told us how we were supposed to get him the "special diet" items delivered to our state room. They sent us out with powdered Gatorade (Yea, you figure out how to mix that in your state room!) Even the medical facility was dirty, and they charged us $95 to be treated for the virus he caught from their unsanitary ship! Do not waste your vacation and/or money on NCL!

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
The "Specialty" restaurants are great, but almost impossible to get reservations in. You're stuck with one other very crowded restaurant, or the dreaded nasty buffet.


1 out of 5
VERY few planned activities (and no "Plan-B" if weather forces guests to stay on the ship at port). The activities are all very short & run by incompetents. Hence, the only bingo session was THREE games; kareokee lasted FIVE songs. Just when everyone is settled, the activity is over. I'm sure they'd prefer you just read in your stateroom & not bother the staff.

Service and Staff

1 out of 5
The only service we got was from the staff at the specialty restaurants & the bar. Hmm, these staffers receive tips on their service. As for everyone else: they were non-existent at best.

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
Look up how the "Norwalk Virus," which is what my husband caught on this ship, is spread. A "poor" cleanliness rating is generous.

Cabin / Stateroom

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Pros: Itinerary

Cons: Just about EVERYTHING!

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