Pride of America Cruise Review to Hawaii

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3 out of 5

Hawaiian Cruise

Sail Date: July 11, 2009

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

It has been several years since we cruised with NCL. They are now owned by a conglomerate from the Orient or somewhere similar. The ship is beautiful and very modern. The ports were great, except for Hilo. Wouldn't want to go back there. The food was good but not as great as it used to be. The entertainment was bad. Gone are the days of Las Vegas style shows! The staff were mostly Americans. They just didn't seem to be very well trained or maybe, not as good a work ethic as other nationalities. NCL now has mandatory tipping at a rate they set. If you want to adjust the amount, it is difficult to do so. When you are evaluating cruises, be sure to add $12 per day, per person for tipping to your cruise costs! Security is a big hassle while traveling these days. I'm not conviced it is warranted. Overall, it was a very good cruise.

Pros: A modern, beautiful ship. Great ports...except for Hilo. Very good weather.

Cons: Mandatory tipping. Entertainment not good. Staff lacks training or motivation.

Recommends Pride of America? Yes!

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Kahului, Maui
Be sure to drive the "Hana Coast Highway". You will not forget it.
Nawiliwili, Kauai
Kauai is refered to as the "Garden Island", and for good reason. It is very green in most places. All the islands have a windward and leeward side. The windward side receives more rain and is usually greener. Don't miss "Waimea Canyon" and you must go all the way to the top. The view is absolutely spectacular! Also, drive the highway to "Princeville" and be sure to go all the way to the end of the road! It is the best.
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Kona is a small community but very nice. Don't miss snorkeling at "Turtle Beach". The sea turtles are great.
Hilo, Hawaii
We didn't like Hilo at all. I think the only reason they stop here is the Volcanos.

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