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Pride of America Cruise Review to Hawaii

Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 10

Overall Rating:

2 out of 5
Sail Date: April 01, 2009
Ship: Pride of America
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 9 years ago
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.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Equal to carnival and celebrity


3 out of 5
Equal to carnival and celebrity

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Equal to carnival and celebrity

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Equal to carnival and celebrity

Cabin / Stateroom

1 out of 5
Smaller than carnival and celebrity/ I had a balcony suite.

Pros: Free Style Cruising

Cons: False advertising and Airline Booking

Recommends Pride of America? No.

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