Pride of America Cruise Review to Hawaii

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2 out of 5

Smokers Beware, Drinkers bring CASH

Sail Date: April 01, 2009

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

The ship was fine, equal to my experience with Carnival and Celebrity. The rooms are a little smaller and the buffet is not as clean or good.

They advertise smoking is allowed in an indoor cigar bar, an outdoor bar, and on the pool decks except for dining areas and the children's pool. This is not the case. There is nowhere to smoke on the entire ship except in your room or on the very top deck on the very back of the ship.

I like to have a couple of martinis before dinner, and of course a cigarette. Drinking in an open air bar is great when you are swimming or goofing off. Not when you are dressed for dinner. Sweat and wind blown hair will really ruin your dinner.

And how about those martinis? $17.00 apeace. That's for two measured shots and an olive. THen they add another 15% to pay the bartender and then tax at 7%. Then they want a tip as well. Use the mini bar in your room it's the same price without the glass olive or service.

And please book your own airfare. We were booked on a red eye express to the islands. We arrived at 8 am and could not check in to the hotel untill 3 pm. 7 miserable hours homeless and guarding our luggage. Time to leave. They booked us on a 9pm flight. We had to check out at 11 am. 10 miserable hours more. NCL had representatives at the hotel and they applogised but could do nothing. They were just there to make sure everybody got their rooms and make their transfers. I was not alone in this and many more people were hanging out with me.

Pros: Free Style Cruising

Cons: False advertising and Airline Booking

Recommends Pride of America? No.

Ship Quality
Equal to carnival and celebrity
Food and Dining
Equal to carnival and celebrity
Service and Staff
Equal to carnival and celebrity
Equal to carnival and celebrity
Cabin / Stateroom
Smaller than carnival and celebrity/ I had a balcony suite.

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