Pride of America Cruise Review to Hawaii

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1 cruise (first)


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4 out of 5

Our First Cruise

Sail Date: January 27, 2007

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

Destination: Hawaii Islands
Sailing date: 2007-01-27

We recently sailed on the Pride of America from Honolulu on a 7 day 4 island cruse of Hawaii. We booked an outside state room with and ocean view and were somewhat disappointed when there was lifeboat hanging right in our window. We were told this was and upgrade and Im still trying to figure out how this is an upgrade. Other than this the state room was very nicely appointed and had adequate storage space for all our things. This is a very nice ship with two large main dining rooms and five specialty restaurants. There is a large buffet available between 6:00 AM and 11:00 PM with a very good selection of food ranging from Pizza to Roast Pig. There is also a 24 hour diner serving diner type fare. We made good use of Night Club style bar and the large Theater. The entertainment provided was pretty top notch and kept us entertained every evening of our cruse. We saw two very good comedians and a very good review put on by the ship crew. There are several causal bars through out the ship. Several of these are located in and around the pool area. If you are cruising with family the ship offered some very good alternatives for child care. There are clubs aimed at teens, preteens, and the younger set. Since we were traveling with out children we had no fist hand experience with these services but spoke with several couples who did and they were very happy. We were unable to make our port of call once and were late calling at port one time. Both time it was due to weather conditions at the time. The cruise line did a great job providing extra entertainment and opening up dining room to keep every one reasonably happy. This was our first experience cruising and overall we were very happy. The only thing I found lacking was enough help in the buffet to keep tables bussed and clean and enough servers in the bars it took what I consider way to long to get a drink ordered and delivered to our table. We do plan on future cruises and would consider using this cruise line again based conversations with others during our cruise who had cruised with NCL in the past. All in all we had a really great time.

Pros: A very nicely appointed ship

Cons: Seemed under manned in dining rooms and Bars

Recommends Pride of America? Yes!

Ship Quality
Ship is very new and nicely laid out. Public are nicely appointed and airy.
Food and Dining
Main dining room are very nice with an ambiance comparable to many 5 star restaurants. The food was very good and the offering changed daily.
Cabin / Stateroom
Our state room was very nice and ready when we arrived. Our only complainant was the life hanging outside our window. Our cabin steward was very good and took care of any request we had.
Service and Staff
Our cabin steward was very good and took care of any request we had. Everyone we ask anything of was very helpful and seemed happy to help.
When you consider we missed on port of call completely and were 11 hours late at another the ship provided us with plenty diversion to keep us busy. The scheduled entertainment was top notch and available every evening. We say at least two shows each evening during our cruse. This ships crew put on a review one evening and it was very enjoyable. The entertainment for us was one of the highlights of our cruise.
Kahului, Maui
We rented a Motorcycle here and took a ride to a Winery in the Moutins. It was very windy and the ride there was not at great as it could have been. However once we got there both the view and the Winery were worth the trip. We had lunch at a ranch across the street and took some very good pictures looking out over the Ocean. Due to Weather our only shore excursion was cancelled. We had planned a sunset sail to seen Whales and Dolphins
Hilo, Hawaii
Take the tour to Rainbow falls and to the volcanos
Don't Miss: Lunch at the Volcano House
Nawiliwili, Kauai
This turned out to be our last chance to do some shopping and purchase last minute gift for our Grandchildren.

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