Pride of America Cruise Review to Hawaii

Contributor Level: Deck Hand

2-3 cruises


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1 out of 5

No PRIDE in this Cruise Line!

Sail Date: March 25, 2006

Reviewed: 11 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

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!

Pros: Itinerary

Cons: Just about EVERYTHING!

Cabin / Stateroom
Ship Quality
Look up how the "Norwalk Virus," which is what my husband caught on this ship, is spread. A "poor" cleanliness rating is generous.
Food and Dining
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.
Service and Staff
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.
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.

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