Pride of America Cruise Review to Hawaii

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2-3 cruises


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3 out of 5

Best way to see multiple islands

Sail Date: June 27, 2009

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Inside

Very clean and sanitary. Very nicely decorated

Pros: Easiest way to see mulitple islands; freestyle meals; not eatting with strangers

Cons: Having to pay extra for pop & to eat at most restaurants; leave some ports very early

Recommends Pride of America? Yes!

Food and Dining
Food was mediocre at best. Had to pay service charges to go to many of the restaurants--food was not worth the extra money. Only limited dining choices, if you do not want to pay extra--very disappointing.
Cabin / Stateroom
Beds were actually cots. We were on deck 10 right below a bar. Every night between 1:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. we could hear large carts being rolled down the tile floors to restock the bar. We eventually bought ear plugs to get a good nights sleep. I look to see what is above and below you before booking a room.
Service and Staff
Most staff was very nice. However there were a few surley people.
On the Disney Cruise we would rearrange our schedule to make shows and entertainment, they were so good. The shows on this cruise were OK. We made them if we had nothing else to do. Need more activities--movie theatre or bowling would be nice. You are at port most days, but the first and last day you are at sea quite a bite, and the pool gets crowded.
Ship Quality
Very clean and sanitary. Very nicely decorated. Lack of fresh towels though. They made a big deal when we would ask for towels. They initially gave us 4 towels for 6 people, then went into a long explaination on how they have a towel shortage and we should reuse. Not our problem.
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Quaint town and nice shopping, right near the docks. We did Captain Zodiac through the cruise ship. I would calll Captain Zodiac directly and see if you can get a better price. You get on and off the raft for Captain Zodiac right near where the cruise transfer drops you off; so there is no need for transportation to Captain Zodiac.
Don't Miss: Captain Zodiac Dolphin and Snorkel Adventure
Kahului, Maui
We rented a car and did the road to Hanna on our own. The cruise price is too expensive. We made many stops to swim in water falls, the kids loved it. Go past the road to Hanna to the Seven Pools and swim there. We also snorkeled at Moliokini--snorkeling with Captain Zodiak in Kona was better.
Don't Miss: Road to Hanna and the Seven Pools (seven water falls with swimming)
Nawiliwili, Kauai
We rented a car and did surfing lessons on the North Shore on our own. It was a lot cheaper. It was also a nice way to see the Northern side of the island. We also went horseback riding. It was very hot, but it was neat to ride horses on the white sand beaches. This was a great way to learn about the island and its history.
Don't Miss: Surfing lessons
Hilo, Hawaii
We rented a car and did the Volcano National Park on our own. Getting to the car rental place through Alamo was difficult and cost us a lot of time. This resulted in us having less time to see some of the things we wanted at Volcano National Park, since we had to be back on the ship by 5:00 p.m.
Don't Miss: Volcano National Park.

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