Pride of America Cruise Review to Hawaii

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3 out of 5

Cruising Hawaii

Sail Date: January 20, 2007

Reviewed: 10 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

This was our first cruise (my almost 22 year old daughter) and myself. The ship was lovely and easy to get around. Our outside stateroom was very nice with plenty of room for all of our belongings and we loved the balcony/deck! Seeing the lava flow at night was awesome!

Pros: Seeing/experiencing the various Hawaiian Islands

Cons: Excursions every day wore me out!

Recommends Pride of America? Yes!

Food and Dining
The first come; first served restaurants were difficult to get into as seating began at 5:30 but would fill up right away with names being taken for waits that could be an hour and a half or more. Buffet was fine.
Service and Staff
There was a range. Room attendant was great and the buffet manager was attentive as were most wait staff. Bartenders and bar staff seemed distant and unfriendly although we were not in all the bars. You ordered, were served and that was it. If you want another drink, go look for it or flag someone down. This was a gratuity free ship but I couldn't help but compare to Club Med, where every single worker was extremely friendly and was also gratuity free.
Ship Quality
Cabin / Stateroom
Beds (we slept in twins) were comfortable. No noise from cabins on either side.
Nawiliwili, Kauai
We rented a car and drove to past Princeville. Too much swell for us to swim. Checked out waterfalls and countryside. Very peaceful.
Hilo, Hawaii
We took the $1.00 city bus ride upon leaving the ship that took us to the macedemia nut farm and candy store.
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Kona Brewery was fun; also enjoyed the best snorkeling of the trip on the Captain Zodiac raft trip to Kelakalu (sp?) Bay. It was awesome.
Kahului, Maui
We loved Kaanapali beach; the Westin allows nonguests to rent cabanas so you can get some shade. Watched humpback whales breaching in the bay. We snorkeled on the Pacific Whale Watch Foundation and saw more whales, porpoises, turtles plus the fish!
Don't Miss: Whale watching

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