Pride of America Cruise Review to Hawaii

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2 out of 5

NCL Hawaii cruise

Sail Date: July 18, 2009

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

I would only recommend this cruise to someone who has either never been to Hawaii, or who has never cruised before. The food was nothing special and the restaurants that charge $25/ea extra weren't even special - cept for the sushi restaurant. They were the best restaurant on the ship. The tipping is automatic, so we felt that while they were ok, they didn't work as hard as they do when they have to earn their tips. We live in Hawaii, and we took the cruise hoping to see the islands from the sea. The Napali sail by was exceptional - very beautiful and I took about 300 plus photos. Met some wonderful new friends and have good memories of being with our son - he has fun, but was disappointed their wasn't more to do. Had hoped for skeet shooting. Again, good if you don't compare them to Royal Caribbean, showed them up big time in the food and entertainment..

Pros: Cruising around the Napali Coast

Cons: Food, entertainment and cruising at night so you couldn't see the islands.

Recommends Pride of America? Yes!

Entertainment compared to other ships was pretty sad.... The improv people were funny, but you really have to like improv and some just don't get it - like my husband.
Cabin / Stateroom
Lots of storage and that was great. Had a balcony so the the Napali coast cruise by was beautiful.
Service and Staff
People were very nice.
Food and Dining
Open pretty much, so good to eat when you want within reason. Food quality was not great. Friend had a steak, one of the "good" steaks, that was like an old shoe. Disappointing.
Ship Quality
The Ahoha Cafe, which is the big buffet you can eat at, and the food was good, had been decorated as if the person who did it was on LSD. Nothing, and I mean nothing went together... almost made ya seasick....
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
We just went in for a beer at the brewery. Didn't do any activities....
Don't Miss: Guess the snorkeling tour was great.
Kahului, Maui
Maui was ok. Sorry we couldn't see more of it from the sea... I used to live there, so know it but have never seen it cruising by.
Nawiliwili, Kauai
We live on Kauai, so didn't do the tourist stuff... went and checked on our animals. Make sure you tell people to take a helicopter ride and be sure to drive to the North Shore. Met many who didn't even know that the N. Shore is where the waterfalls are....

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