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Pride of America Cruise Review to Hawaii
Ship: Pride of America
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 10 years ago
The few shows offered were very amateurish like a high school production and definitely not elaborate, and I think staff members were the performers. We ordered tickets for standard seating at Tony & Tinas Wedding show, and were switched and charged to stage seating at some points in the show the characters were acting on the dance floor while people were dancing, so that those sitting couldnt see or hear the characters. The show was a very watered down version of the original and poorly executed. The 70s disco night was nice for the first 15 minutes, but the dj kept playing the same set of songs every 15 minutes. He didnt know how to play to the crowd or keep a crowd on the dance floor. Hed have the dance floor filled for one song only to switch to rap music with 2-3 people dancing, and at that, he kept playing the same songs. One of the solo singers at the bar must have been drunk, slurring his words as he sang you couldnt understand the words. The only shows we enjoyed was the comedian, Bud.
There were no free cocktails at cocktail hour on the ship you paid for drinks ($10 for a mixed drink the minimum amount of liquor was exactly measured). Unlimited soda was offered at about $50 per person for the week. One of the main pools was closed several days for maintenance and the towel supply was frequently empty. One guest actually attempted to take two folded towels off my chair criticizing me for not sharing when I told her I was holding them for our friends who were in the pool. Finding a staff member to get more towels was difficult. It felt like everything was nickel and dime internet cost 75 cents a minute, for example. There were plenty of waiters available to take drink orders and you were asked quite frequently to refill.
The excursions desk was only helpful if you booked one of their tours they provided no information other than excursions about traveling on the islands such as additional places to visit or even transportation such as buses on one island (which we were told didnt exist, though I had a time schedule in hand!). They discouraged any interest in outside excursions and pushed using their excursions for fear of the ship leaving without you if you didnt return on time when using an outside tour. We were told one show (uhlelana) that we wanted to see was theirs exclusively and we shouldnt book it because they doubted the outside excursion we had booked during the day would get us back by the scheduled time and wed loose our $ because they wouldnt wait for us. Again, not their excursion, not helpful. It turns out the outside tour came back on time and actually a few minutes early, and the show we wanted to see was indeed available and we could have booked it ourselves at the 800 # we found in a pamphlet onshore (had the excursions desk told us we could book ourselves we wouldnt have missed this show). In fact, the outside tours were half the price, went to the same places, and used the same bus line, Polynesian Adventures which the ship used for the Polynesian Luau as well. The Polynesian Luau was not worth $99 the venue was totally misrepresented as a private island and the food was mediocre pork was salty, mahi mahi was tough, and macaroni salad (Polynesian?) bitter. You could only order one watered down drink per person at a time, so you needed to get back on long lines to get a drink for your partner. The performance was good, with a raised circular stage fortunately the actors faced us most of the time but the people sitting behind the actors mostly got a back view. When booking the Luau, the ship staff did not know the seating diagram (I find this hard to believe as this show was exclusive to the ship), so regardless of when you signed up, there was no choice of seats you were assigned random seats.
Some friends had taken the Pride of Aloha which went to the same ports,. Our experiences were very similar - a floating ferry.